Texas Health Resources Evidence-Based Programs
Texas Health in collaboration with other community agencies offers free educational workshops to help you improve your overall health and well-being. These “Healthy Choices – Healthy Life” educational workshops use nationally recognized programs for chronic disease self-management, diabetes self-management, pain self-management and fall prevention. If you are living with a chronic condition or you are a caregiver or family member of someone living with a chronic condition, take a moment to learn more about our free educational workshops.
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  • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

    The free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program offered by Texas Health is available for individuals 18 years or older who are living with a chronic disease and desire to better manage their condition, prevent complications, and improve their overall quality of life. Caregivers and family members are also welcomed to attend and participate in the program, as the knowledge and skills gained will help them provide a better support system for their partner and reduce the risk of chronic disease for themselves.

    What exactly is a chronic disease? The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion defines chronic diseases as “conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.” A few examples of chronic disease include arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

    Regardless of the type of chronic disease, participating in the educational program and actively applying what is learned can help improve the individual’s quality of life.

    The full program consists of six 2.5-hour interactive small group sessions; one session per week over a six-week period. The programs are not considered clinical in nature but peer-lead, meaning one or both of the trained leaders are managing chronic diseases themselves. The participants of the program share their experiences, make weekly action plans, and help each other solve problems as they work together in creating and carrying out their self-management programs.

    The full program may be offered in-person or virtually using a videoconference format. There is also an abbreviated guided self-study version using a telephone conference format for persons who do not have access for videoconferencing.

    Topics of discussion include:

    • Recognizing and managing symptoms
    • Getting a good night’s sleep
    • Understanding emotions
    • Better breathing techniques
    • Appropriate physical activity and exercise
    • Pain and fatigue management
    • Nutrition and healthy eating
    • Weight management
    • Medication usage
    • Communicating effectively
    • Working with your health care provider
    • Decision making
    • Problem solving
    • Action planning

    To find out if there is a Texas Health sponsored Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in your area go to Classes and Events or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-9355).

    *The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was originally developed at Stanford University. Texas Health is licensed to provide the workshops under Self-Management Resource Center, LLC.

  • Diabetes Self-Management Program

    If you are an adult 18 years or older with diabetes or prediabetes and desire to better manage your sugar levels, prevent complications, and improve your overall quality of life, consider participating in one of Texas Health's free diabetes self-management programs. Caregivers and family members of individuals with diabetes are also welcome to participate in the programs, as the knowledge and skills gained will help them provide a better support system for the person with diabetes and help reduce the risk of diabetes for themselves.

    The standard Diabetes Self-Management Program offered by Texas Health consists of six 2.5-hour interactive group sessions (ideally for groups of 10-16 participants). Participants meet once a week over a six-week period to learn new skills, share their experiences, make weekly action plans and help each other solve problems as they work together in creating and carrying out their self-management programs.

    The full program may be offered in-person or virtually using a videoconference format. There is also an abbreviated guided self-study version using a telephone conference format for persons who do not have access for videoconferencing.

    Topics of discussion include:

    • Recognizing and managing symptoms
    • Getting a good night’s sleep
    • Understanding emotions
    • Better breathing techniques
    • Appropriate physical activity and exercise
    • Pain and fatigue management
    • Nutrition and healthy eating
    • Weight management
    • Medication usage
    • Communicating effectively
    • Working with your health care provider
    • Decision making
    • Problem solving
    • Action planning

    Journey for Control is a four-week diabetes self-management program that is occasionally offered by Texas Health in some locations as an alternative to the six-week option to accommodate the community’s need for smaller group sizes. The core subjects discussed are similar, but not identical to the six-week program. When searching for educational programs in your area be sure to include both Diabetes Self-Management Program and the Journey for Control in your search.

    To find out if there is a Texas Health sponsored Diabetes Self-Management Program in your area go to Classes and Events or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-9355).

    *The six-week Diabetes Self-Management Program was originally developed at Stanford University. Texas Health is licensed to provide the workshops under Self-Management Resource Center, LLC.

    *The four-week Journey for Control program uses the Conversation Map tools, a registered trademark of Healthy Interactions, Inc.

  • Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

    The free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program offered by Texas Health is available for individuals 18 years or older who are living with chronic pain and want to learn how to better manage their pain through non-pharmaceutical techniques (techniques that do not use medicine). Pain is considered chronic when the pain lasts longer than three-to-six months or goes beyond the normal healing time of the injury. Caregivers and family members are also welcome to attend and participate in the program and offer support.

    The full pain self-management program consists of six 2.5-hour interactive small group sessions; one session per week over a six-week period. The programs will discuss medication usage, but stress self-management techniques that do not require medicine such as, the benefits of physical activity. A basic exercise regime will also be included in the weekly sessions to help participants feel the benefits and start good habits.

    The participants of the program share their experiences, make weekly action plans, and help each other solve problems as they work together in creating and carrying out their self-management programs.

    The full program may be offered in-person or virtually using a videoconference format. There is also an abbreviated guided self-study version using a telephone conference format for persons who do not have access for videoconferencing.

    Topics of discussion include:

    • Exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
    • Pacing activity and rest
    • Appropriate use of medications
    • Managing problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep
    • Nutrition and healthy eating
    • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
    • How to evaluate new treatments
    • Decision making
    • Problem solving
    • Action planning

    To find out if there is a Texas Health sponsored Chronic Pain Self-Management Program in your area go to Classes and Events or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-9355).

    * The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program was developed by McGill University in Montreal and is based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program originally developed at Stanford University. Texas Health is licensed to provide the workshops under Self-Management Resource Center, LLC.

  • A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program

    Are you an adult who has fallen, had near falls or has a fear of falling? You are not alone. Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalization in the US. Approximately ⅓ to ½ of older adults have a fear of falling. As a result, they may limit their activities, which can result in reduced physical mobility and increased weakness making the risk of falling even greater.

    A Matter of Balance is an interactive small group program which emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels of adults who are a fall risk. The program occurs over eight two-hour sessions with participants meeting once a week for an eight-week workshop or twice a week for a four-week workshop.

    The full program may be offered in-person or virtually using a videoconference format. There is also an abbreviated guided self-study version using a telephone conference format for persons who do not have access for videoconferencing.

    Participants learn to:

    • View falls as controllable
    • Set goals for increasing activity
    • Make changes to reduce fall risks
    • Exercise to improve flexibility, balance and strength

    To find out if there is a Texas Health sponsored Chronic Pain Self-Management Program in your area go to Classes and Events or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-9355).

    *A Matter of Balance is a nationally recognized program originally developed at the Royal Center at Boston University. Texas Health is a licensed provider of A Matter of Balance through MaineHealth.

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