Las Cruces – The New Mexico Department of Health's arthritis program is beginning free workshops in five counties to help people living with such chronic conditions as diabetes, arthritis, asthma and heart disease.
The workshops on managing chronic disease are being offered in Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Sierra, Curry and Chaves counties.
The program brings people with chronic diseases, their family members and caregivers together to learn healthier ways to live, gain confidence and motivation to manage their health and feel more positive.
It was developed by Stanford University.
The program includes setting weekly goals to change behavior, problem solving, using relaxation techniques, handling difficult emotions, eating well and exercising safely and easily.
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