BROOKINGS — SDSU Extension and partners are providing an opportunity for South Dakotans to take control of their health by participating in educational sessions specifically designed for adults with chronic conditions.

Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshop will be held Tuesdays, Jan. 8 though Feb. 12 at the SDSU Wellness Center, (1401 N Campus Dr.). The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. — noon.

“Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshops teach strategies to handle chronic health conditions and improve quality of life,” said Megan Jacobson, SDSU Extension nutrition field specialist, Better Choices, Better Health Program associate.

Each workshop consists of six, two-and-a-half hour sessions with interactive group discussion. “Better Choices, Better Health SD is not a support group but rather a workshop on how to make small steps toward positive changes and a healthier life,” Jacobson explained.

Workshop topics include: managing pain, fatigue and stress; tips for healthy eating, personal exercise plans; relaxation techniques; medication how-to’s; dealing with emotions; and working better with your doctor and care team.

The program was originally developed by Stanford more than 20 years ago. Better Choices, Better Health is designed for those with chronic conditions that might include, but are not limited to: arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, depression, cancer, high blood pressure, breathing problems, chronic pain, anxiety, weight issues and fibromyalgia.

The South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension, and South Dakota Department of Human Services launched the Better Choices, Better Health SD in an effort to teach South Dakotans with chronic health conditions ways to manage the impact of their disease on their lives and their families’ lives. The classes are offered in partnership with the SDSU Wellness Center.

State Health Plan members can receive 75 Wellness Points for attending a BCBH workshop.

Registration is required by Jan. 15

For more information or to register for the workshop, call SDSU Extension at 1-888-484-3800. Online registration is available at Deadline to register is Jan. 15 — no new attendees are allowed after Jan. 15 (second session of the six week workshop).

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