Living Healthy


Living Healthy with Chronic Disease, Living Healthy with Diabetes and Living Healthy with Chronic Pain are highly participatory, evidence-based workshops developed by Stanford University's School of Medicine. Each session is 2 ½ hours long once a week for six weeks. The workshops are facilitated by 2 trained leaders who follow a detailed manual, so that each workshop is highly consistent.
These programs are not designed to help people learn more about chronic conditions, but rather to learn the skills and tools to better manage chronic conditions and live healthier happier lives. Participants will learn:

  • techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • appropriate management of medications
  • skills for effectively communicating with friends, family, and health care providers
  • healthy eating guidelines and exercise tips
  • how to make informed treatment decisions
  • action planning
  • disease-related problem solving and decision making


Overview of Class Content


Research Findings
Subjects who participated in the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in:  exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physician, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital and a trend toward fewer hospitalizations.  Complete findings here



Frequently Asked Questions about Living Healthy

NC Area on Aging website

The Stanford School of Medicine


Success articles from class participants


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Upcoming Living Healthy Workshops


To view fliers for future workshops, click the listings here:

Location Day Dates Class Time Type of Class
Jordan Oaks Community Tuesday 8/21 - 9/25 9am - 11:30am Chronic Pain Self Management
UNC Wakebrook Thursday 8/30 - 10/4 9:30am - 12pm Diabetes Self Management
Turnberry Apartments Tuesday 9/11 - 10/16 10am - 12:30pm Chronic Disease Self Management
Wakefield Manor Wednesday 9/12 - 10/17 10am - 12:30pm Chronic Disease Self Management
Johnston Co Health Dept Monday 9/17 - 10/22 10am - 12:30pm Diabetes Self Management
Johnston Co Health Dept Monday 9/17 - 10/22 1pm - 3:30pm Chronic Pain Self Management
Anne Gordon Center Wednesday 9/19 - 10/24 2:30pm - 5pm Diabetes Self Management
Five Points Center Thursday 9/20 - 10/25 2pm - 4:30pm Chronic Pain Self Management
St Augustine University Tuesday 10/9 - 11/13 6pm - 8:30pm Diabetes Self Management


To view other Living Healthy Workshops through UNC, click here