People can live better with chronic conditions by learning some ways to better manage their health. Whatever the chronic condition, there are many common things that can be done to improve daily life.
What is Your Way to Wellness?
- The Your Way to Wellness Program is a self-management program for people living with (ongoing) chronic conditions.
- It is co-sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and South Shore Health.
- It is offered at no cost to the participants.
- The Program is designed to help participants gain the confidence needed to cope with chronic health conditions.
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Who should attend?
Any adult who has an ongoing (chronic) health condition including, among others:
• High Blood Pressure
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Heart Disease
• Mental Illness
• Anxiety and other chronic conditions
Family members, friends and care givers can also benefit from the program to learn how to better support a loved one with a chronic condition.
What are the benefits?
Participants learn how to cope with their disease and:
• manage their symptoms, fears, and frustrations
• how to set goals and achieve them
• Creatively solve problems
• enjoy a healthier, active life
Who leads the groups?
The groups are led by Lay Leaders or Peer Leaders, many of whom live with chronic conditions themselves or support someone living with a chronic condition. We are always looking for lay leaders, if interested please contact us (details below).
What training do leaders have?
The leaders undergo an intensive, four-day training program developed by Stanford University. The trained leaders follow a Leaders Manual each time they facilitate the Program.
Does the Your Way to Wellness Program replace the education given by doctors and other health care providers?
This Self-Management Program does not replace existing programs or treatment. Your Way to Wellness complements the work of health care professionals especially since many people have more than one chronic condition. The Program is especially helpful for these people as it gives them the skills to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.
How long is the program?
Program sessions last for 2½ hours once a week for six consecutive weeks. South Shore Health offers programs at various locations in Lunenburg and Queens throughout the year.
When: Thursdays, 1:30pm -4:00pm (September 29th – November 3rd , 2016)
Where: Bridgewater & Area Family Health Centre - Meeting Room, Suite 110
(Bridgewater Medical Arts Building)
Programs are free, however pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Call 902-634-1962 to register.
No Sessions in your community?
You can always register and we'll give you a call when a session is scheduled for your area
For all other queries please contact the coordinator:
Fishermen's Memorial Hospital
Office: (902) 634-1962