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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    Latest CDSMP News

    St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton is offering a Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions Support Group for anyone who has already completed the class in the North Orange County and would like a review of the skills you learned in class

    ©     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 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