Better Choices, Better Health workshop coming to Aberdeen

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – Are you or someone you love living with a chronic disease?

The Better Choices, Better Health workshop, beginning Dec. 7, 2016 in Aberdeen may provide the support and research-based information on how to manage the impact of chronic disease you need. Better Choices, Better health is an extension of Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The six-week workshop begins Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. and runs until noon at the Aberdeen Area Senior Center (1303 7th Ave SE).

“Living with a chronic condition can be difficult. In the workshops, participants learn skills and techniques to manage the impact of their chronic condition and gain the self-confidence they need to take charge of their health,” said Lori Oster, Better Choices, Better Health Program Coordinator. “We welcome all interested adults to attend a workshop and learn how they can take charge and live healthier lives.”

The BCBH program workshop sessions include interactive group discussion. “This is not a support group but rather a workshop on how to make small steps toward positive changes and a healthier life,” said Megan Erickson, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist.

Better Choices, Better health is a collaborative partnership with SDSU Extension, the South Dakota Department of Health and South Dakota Department of Social Services. It is not disease specific and is designed for those with any chronic condition(s). This may include, but is not limited to: arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, depression, cancer, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety and weight issues. BCBH workshops benefit caregivers and support people for those living with a chronic condition as well.

Research-based results

Stanford University research demonstrates that participants who complete the Better Choices, Better Health program experience better overall health, have more energy, less fatigue, make fewer visits to the doctor and enjoy an improved quality of life.

“As someone who has lived with chronic illness for more than 40 years, the tools I learned in the workshop took me from surviving to thriving! I took the training to become a leader to help others experience the same,” said Joyce H., workshop participant and Lay Leader trainee.

Since October 2014, the Better Choices, Better Health program has trained nearly 500 South Dakotans in chronic disease self-management. These include professionals, volunteers and community members as Master Trainers, Lay Leaders and workshop participants.

Workshops and trainings are offered across the state. For more information please visit or email us at

Registration details

To register for the Better Choices, Better Health program beginning Dec. 7, contact Megan Erickson at 605-626-2870, call 1-888-484-3800 or register online at