Healthy Living with Chronic Conditions Program

The Healthy Living (or Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) is a FREE evidence-based program developed by Stanford University and has been shown to improve health and well-being of adults with different chronic conditions. The Healthy Living program is offered free to Orange County residents over the age of 18 years old.
Call The Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 for more information about classes.

About The Healthier Living Program Workshop:

  • Meets 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks
  • Small group (10-15 participants)
  • Peer-led (non-health care professional) self-management workshop
  • Promotes empowerment by teaching behavior management
  • Not disease-specific
  • Great for people with a single or multiple chronic health conditions
  • Great for caregivers
  • Addresses topics such as
    • Problem-solving
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Nutritious eating
    • Improving communication with physicians, family, and friends
    • Medication “how to’s”
    • Weekly goal setting

The Benefits of Healthy Living:

  • More energy / reduced fatigue
  • Improved symptom management
  • Increase in exercise
  • Improved health status
  • Reduction in pain
  • Enhanced partnerships with physicians
  • Fewer outpatient visits
  • Fewer emergency room visits
  • Fewer hospitalizations
  • Decrease in length of hospital stay


Workshop Participant Testimony:

“The workshop put me back in charge of my life, and I feel great. I only wish I had done this sooner.” - Robert, age 68

Would you like to participant in a Healthy Living workshop?
Healthy Living workshops are offered throughout all of Orange County. Call the Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 for more information about upcoming classes.

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©     Remember how much you learned in the “Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition” Class?

©    Have you been practicing the skills we learned about in class? 

©     Are you using the “Tool Box” to break the cycle of symptoms and better manage your chronic illness?
©    Are you still making an ACTION PLAN every week?

©    Class will meet once a month for 1½ hours to discuss different topics, encourage and support each other, and learn new ideas and strategies that can help improve our daily lives.

Please join for our first meeting!
When:   Every 3rd Friday
Time:     9:00AM-10:30AM
Where:  SJMC Community Services Bldg.
130 W. Bastanchury Rd. Fullerton, 92835
RSVP:   714-446-5473
Sandy Colvin, St. Jude Medical Center & Lori Funke, RN, PHN, Adult Public Health Nursing Service



Interested In Becoming a Host Site for the Healthy Living with Chronic Conditions Program:

The Office on Aging is accepting inquiries from local Orange County community based organizations that are interested in hosting the Healthy Living 6-week program. Currently the Office on Aging is working with local hospitals, community and senior centers, churches, and libraries to facilitate the Healthier Living program. It is a wonderful opportunity for community organizations that provide direct services to adults or caregivers. If you would like to be involved in hosting these workshops and are able to:

  • <Provide private meeting space for at least 20 people
  • Be able to provide classes on the same day for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours
  • Can help support and promote the Healthier Living program by distributing flyers, displaying flyers in the organization's lobby/reception area, and/or list the program on the organization's website/calendar of events

For more information on becoming a Healthy Living host site, please contact Frank by phone at (714) 480-6451 or email at


Help Yourself and Others with Ongoing Health Conditions By Becoming a Leader!

Do you have a desire to help others? Do you have your own ongoing health conditions? How about helping yourself and others by becoming a leader for  the Healthy Living With Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Contact the Orange County Office on Aging to find out when the next leaders training is.


Interested Leader applicants must: 

  • Attend a four-day training (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
  • Be comfortable in front of a group
  • Able to facilitate future Tomando de su Salud workshops
  • Speak Spanish fluently

Volunteers who are interested in becoming a trained leader are to complete a Registration Form Application and return it to the Office on Aging at: OR
fax it to (714) 567-5021

For Questions:
Call 1-800-510-2020
Informational flyers and registration application forms are located below:


English Leaders Flyer



Clase Volantes en Español






Stakeholder Meetings

July 7, 2010 Meeting Agenda
July 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes


October 26, 2010 Meeting Agenda
October 26, 2010 Meeting Minutes

February 24, 2011 Meeting Agenda
February 24, 2011 Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2011 Meeting Agenda
July 27, 2011 Meeting Minutes

October 27, 2011 Meeting Agenda

Leader Resources

Marketing Materials

Information Flyer
Workshop Session Outline Flyer
Tri-fold Brochure
Testimonial Flyer
Fact Sheet for Medical Professionals
Program Overview for Medical Professionals
Program Overview PowerPoint


Class Materials

CDSMP Workshop Cover Letter
CDSMP Session 1 Survey
CDSMP Session 6 Survey
CDSMP Attendance Log
Book Loaner Agreement Form
Certificate of Completion 


September 21, 2010 Facilitator Meeting Minutes