If you're ready to take a Step to Better Health, there are classes starting in a community near you. If you do not see a class listed, please contact your Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) to see about getting one scheduled!
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Here at the Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program, we appreciate all of our program leaders and trainers, partners, and especially all of our program participants. On this Valentine's Day, we want to make sure that we don't leave Missouri's caregivers out. Caregivers help to ensure that aging persons or those with chronic health problems can lead a healthy life in their community and home. Often, caregivers help to juggle medical appointments, home care, in addition to their own work, family, and personal commitments. If you are a caregiver, thanks so much for all you do! Our Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) program is also designed for you and we encourage you to make today the day you take Steps to Better Health. We also have online resources available to help you balance caring for the health of a friend or family member and caring for your own health. Happy Valentine's Day!
Are you ready to take a Step to Better Health? Register today for a class starting soon near you! Chronic disease and diabetes self-management programs can help you to take control of your life and improve your overall quality of life. Physical activity programs can help you relieve pain from arthritis and many other chronic health problems, as well as help you lead a healthier life.
Just two weeks into 2015, there is still plenty of time to take Steps to Better Health! Have you considered taking one of our self-management or physical activity classes? We offer classes in communities around Missouri for persons with chronic health problems and/or for caregivers. This week, resolve to check out a class near you - there are lots starting over the next eight weeks.
We're just over a week in to the New Year. Did you make a resolution this year? How is it going? If you resolved to take Steps to Better Health in 2015, how did the first week go? If you were able to complete your first action plan for 2015, congratulations! If you didn't complete your first action plan, don’t be discouraged! Make this week's action plan a little more specific, and have confidence that you can complete what goal you set.
Participants of the Stanford University self-management programs, will recognize the process for setting achievable goals or action plans. Some questions to ask yourself are: What specifically will you do? How much will you do? When will you do it? How often will you do it? How confident are you that you can achieve your set goal?
If you want to learn more about our self-management programs, there are several that have just started around the state or will start in the next week. Your action plan for this week could be: I will sign-up to attend one six-week self-management course in a city near me. How confident are you that you can sign-up for and attend the first (or second) class of the six-week session? These run for 2.5 hours and are held once a week. Check out classes near you today!
1/6-2/10, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm
Located at Mississippi County Health Department, Charleston, MO
Register online today or by calling Mississippi Cty Health Dept at 573-683-2191
Join for week two!
1/6-2/10, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm
Located at LaVerna Village, Savannah, MO
Register by calling 816-271-7057
Join for week two!
1/7-2/11, Diabetes Self-Management Program Wednesdays from 9:00-11:30 am
Located at Family Medical Care Center, Springfield, MO
Register by calling 417-269-3929
Join for week two!
1/8-2/12, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Thursdays from 12:30-3:00 pm
Located at Bluford Library, Kansas City, MO
Register by calling Queen at 816-404-9684 or Raquel at 816-404-3560
Join for week two!
1/13-2/17, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 pm
Located at Capetown Assisted Living, Cape Girardeau, MO
Register online today or by calling Aging Matters 573-335-3331
1/13-2/17, Feel Better Now (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm
Located at Access Family Care, Joplin, MO
Register by calling 417-782-6200
1/20-2/24, Living a Healthy Life (CDSMP) Tuesdays from 1:00-3:30 pm
Located at St. Francois County Health Department, Park Hills, MO
As another year comes to a close, many of us are still trying to think about the perfect resolution to make for the New Year. Others have resolved to not make a resolution they likely won't keep. If you haven't made a resolution yet, try this out: I resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015.
This could mean you'll finally take steps to lose some of that excess weight your doctor has been talking to you about for years. It could mean you'll start taking steps to eating healthier. Maybe you'll take steps to improve your physical fitness. Better health for you could mean keeping better track of your medications or talking with family members about your health or making more of your doctor's appointments. It could mean increasing your physical activity from one walk around the block to two. Maybe you'll enroll in a community education class or start regularly trying the crossword to keep your brain healthy.
No matter the specific actions, we can all resolve to take Steps to Better Health in 2015. At the beginning of each week, take 10 minutes to sit down and think about how you want to better your health that week. Make your goal achievable and specific. Be confident in your goal! If you commit to doing one thing over the course of one week, you can be well on your way to a year of better health. If you need more structured activities to improve your health, check out our group classes and programs that you can complete at home! We wish you all a very happy start to the New Year and look forward to hearing of the Steps to Better Health you are taking in 2015!
Just because the fall season is coming to an end (winter solstice occurs on Sunday, December 21), that doesn't mean we can't still talk about Falls Awareness! Falls Prevention Day occurred at the start of the season, September 23. This national event provided many resources in communities across the United States, including here in Missouri with the Show Me Falls Free Missouri. The winter season is another great time to talk about falls, as natural hazards and other fall risks may increase.
Here in Missouri we've already seen bitterly cold days, sleet, snow, and mornings where the ground is frozen and cars are covered with frost. In true Missouri weather fashion, we've also seen temperatures in the 60s in December. The saying - If you don't like the weather, give it 30 minutes - truly does feel like it applies here. While the weather may feel unpredictable, there are steps you can take to be prepared for whatever winter weather may come our way. Being prepared for winter weather is especially important for older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and adults with chronic health conditions. One example of a special need for being prepared for winter weather when living with a chronic health condition, is managing medications and communicating with a health care provider regarding any specific medical needs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a number of resources for staying personally prepared. The Administration on Aging (AoA) also has a quick Healthy Living Tips sheet for winter weather. Ready.gov also has great resources for being prepared ahead of time for a winter storm, as well as what steps can be taken during and after a storm. No matter what resources you seek out in order to get prepared, please be sure to do so. Consider being prepared a Step to Better Health!
November is a time to come together as a community to stop diabetes. In order to do this, we must spread the word and educate others on the powerful impact that diabetes can have on someone’s life. The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. So let’s work together to make this known!