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Live life to the fullest with your ongoing health condition

Take Charge! Chronic Conditions Workshop


Did you know that heart disease, stroke, anxiety, fibromyalgia, depression, arthritis, and COPD, as well as many others are considered to be chronic health conditions?


Take Charge! Chronic Conditions is a FREE 6- week program that helps people with chronic (ongoing) health conditions to learn ways to manage symptoms and live a healthy life. This workshop helps you build confidence for managing your health, while staying active and enjoying life.


During this peer-led workshop, you will meet individuals who share similar experiences. Take Charge! is not a cure, but it can help you create connections and empower your life. 


Some of the skills you will learn are:

  • How to manage stress
  • How to set goals and get positive results
  • How to talk about treatment decisions
  • How to manage pain and fatigue


Is this workshop right for me?

If you agree with one or more of these statements, you should consider registering for a workshop.

  • I have one or more chronic (ongoing) health conditions
  • I would like to feel more in control and do the things I want to do
  • I would like to meet people who are working on similar challenges
  • I am looking for new ways to manage my health condition
  • I am a caregiver, family member or a friend of someone with a chronic (ongoing) health condition 


*Please note: this workshop is held in a highly interactive group setting and requires participation in activities and discussions. All participants (including family members and caregivers) must pre-register for a workshop.




To find a Take Charge! workshop Click Here


Session 1:

  • Introductions
  • Overview of Self-Mangement and Chronic Health Conditions
  • The Mind- Body Connection/ Distraction
  • Getting a Good Night's Sleep
  • Introduction to Action Plans


Session 4:

  • Feedback
  • Better Breathing
  • Healthy Eating
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem- Solving
  • Making an Action Plan


Session 2:

  • Introduction to Action Plans
  • Feedback and Problem- Solving
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Preventing Falls and Improving Balance
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 5:

  • Feedback
  • Making Healthy Food Choices
  • Medication Usage
  • Making Informed Decisions
  • Positive Thinking
  • Making an Action Plan


Session 3:

  • Feedback
  • Making Decisions
  • Pain and Fatigue Management
  • Endurance Exercise
  • Relaxation: Body Scan
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 6:

  • Feeback
  • Working with your Healthcare Professional and Healthcare System
  • Weight Management
  • Planning for the Future



To find a Take Charge! workshop Click Here

Are you interested in learning more about other Self-Management workshops offered in Waterloo Wellington Region?    

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