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"Better Choices, Better Health," Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Friday, April 17, 2015

Event date: 4/27/2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Export event

Are you trying to manage your everyday life while dealing with an ongoing, chronic health condition? Are you hitting some “roadblocks” in getting yourself to the next level of wellness and need some guidance on taking those next steps? A free Mercy Better Choices, Better Health workshop can help!

Upcoming Workshops

Date: Starting Monday, April 27, 2015 (last week is June 8th; Memorial Day is skipped!)
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Mercy West Lakes
1755 59th Place
West Des Moines IA 50266
Cownie Conference Room #1

“Better Choices, Better Health” is a program developed, implemented and extensively researched over the last 20 years by Stanford University. It has become widely available across the United States in recent years, and Mercy is now offering this evidence-based program to its employees and the community through a partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Polk County Health Department.

“Better Choices, Better Health” empowers people to be better self-managers of their chronic conditions and their health. It is not specific to any one disease, but instead addresses a variety of topics that are commonly encountered when dealing with ongoing health conditions, including asthma, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, COPD, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, mental health conditions, and many more. The free six-week workshop will be held weekly for two and one-half hours at various community centers, churches, and businesses in the community at no cost to attendees. Workshops are interactive in nature and focus on action-planning and problem solving and topics include dealing with difficult emotions, nutrition, physical activity, and effective communication. Each week, the workshop will also highlight different key tools participants can use to help manage pain, reduce their symptoms, and feel better overall.

For more information about the program or to sign up for a workshop, please contact Stacey Clough, program coordinator at sclough@mercydesmoines.org.

Online registration for the workshop is now available!


Stacey Clough, Program Coordinator
(515) 643-8632 

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