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Living Healthy

A Chronic Disease Self-Management program designed to help you improve your self-management skills and take control of your health.

Offered by FirstHealth Community Health Services in partnership East Carolina University's Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES).

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What is Living Healthy?

Living Healthy is a Chronic Disease Self-Management program that provides lessons on reducing chronic disease symptoms, goal setting, improving well-being, reducing pain and fatigue, exercise, healthy eating and overall healthy living strategies. The program aims to build participants’ confidence in managing their chronic diseases as well as keep them engaged in a healthy lifestyle.


Who is it for?

Living Healthy is for adults who have one or more chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, fibromyalgia, heart disease, or any other on-going health issues. Caretakers are also welcome to participate in the program.


What is the format of the program?

Living Healthy is a 6-week program that is held once per week. During the 2 1/2-hour sessions, participants will learn decision-making and problem-solving techniques for managing problems common to people with chronic diseases. With an emphasis on social support, participants will have the opportunity to set goals, develop action plans, and collaborate with their peers on strategies to better manage their health. 


How much does it cost?

The program is free and is offered in Moore, Montgomery, Richmond and Hoke Counties.


Does it work?

Living Healthy is scientifically proven to improve self-management skills. Benefits include:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood
  • Reduction in pain, fatigue and stress
  • Decreased hospital stays
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased confidence through physical activity and healthy eating
  • Improved management of chronic symptoms


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