SIKESTON — Healthy living means fewer trips to the hospital — especially if you are living with a chronic disease.
About a half dozen people recently completed this area’s first Living a Healthy Life Workshop, a six-week course offered at Missouri Delta Medical Center through a partnership with local health departments to teach those with chronic conditions how to live so they spend less time in the hospital.
“The health department has amazing programs for the community but they were limited on places to have the programs and in being able to market them,” said Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for MDMC. “So we’ve joined forces and it’s been a great partnership so far. This is just one of the programs we are working together on.”
“We meet once a week for two hours,” said an instructor who taught the just-completed course, Becky Kuykendall, a registered and licensed dietician-nutritionist for the Mississippi County Health Department.
Workshops were held from 10 a.m. till noon for the course that just finished but the time will be moved for each six-week course held at Missouri Delta Medical Center to make it accessible for more people, Urhahn said.
The workshop follows the Chronic Disease Self Management Program, or CDSMP, developed by Stanford University, according to Kuykendall.
“We try to give them the skills to self manage and be an active self manager of their disease,” Kuykendall said.
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