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Chelauna Sterling, MPH, Public Health Educator
(423) 209-8246

Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic Disease Prevention Programs:

Since the early 1990s, Public Health and other health professions have placed greater emphasis on prevention in an attempt to reduce the pain, suffering, and expense of chronic diseases before they start. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department joins this effort by offering free on-site educational programs designed to increase health awareness of chronic disease risks and prevention. Contact Chelauna Sterling to schedule educational programming for your community, faith-based organization, workplace, or other location in Hamilton County. Programs are typically one hour but can be adapted to your needs and are interactive.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program:

For those who have been diagnosed with chronic diseases, we offer programming designed to foster independence and self-confidence, reduce individual and organizational health care expenses, and relieve an over-burdened health care system. We offer an outstanding evidence-based self-management course developed by Stanford University- the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, also called "Living Well with Chronic Conditions." This six week program is one day a week for 2-1/2 hours and can be scheduled to your organizational needs. This program has been proven to reduce hospital stays, help individuals manage their symptoms, and save health care costs.

"Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops" (Click Here for Current Class Offerings)

If you or someone you love has health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic bronchitis, high blood pressure or other chronic diseases, the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop can help you take control of your life. By participating in a six-session workshop, you will learn ways to manage your symptoms; communicate better with your doctor, family members and friends; lessen your anger and frustration; fight fatigue and pain; build confidence; manage stress and learn to relax; discover better nutrition and exercise choices; manage medications and get more out of your life!

Workshops are free and are open to anyone with a chronic condition. Spouses, family members and caregivers are welcome. Each workshop participant receives the book, "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions."

Contact our certified instructor Chelauna Sterling to discuss scheduling our self-management program with your organization. You can read more about this program here:

University of Tennessee Extension - Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Self Management Resource Center - Living Well with Chronic Conditions

This program is offered free of charge in Hamilton County by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

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