Health Education

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a six-session, lay-led health education program for people with one or more chronic conditions. The purpose of the Help Yourself workshops is:
1) to help people take day-to-day responsibility for their care and
2) to increase the skills necessary to manage their diseases and work effectively with their health care professionals.

In addition, they learn problem-solving and decision-making skills which enable them to confront the ever-changing challenges of living with a chronic illness. There is a Help Yourself Diabetes Self-Management Workshop that also teaches the skills related to taking care of the daily tasks of living with diabetes. Both programs are 6 workshops facilitated by two leaders, one or both of whom are trained lay people who themselves have a chronic condition.  Participants are invited to bring a family member or friend.

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The Diabetes Self-Management workshop is given 2½ hours, once a week for six weeks, in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries and hospitals. People with Type 2 diabetes attend the program in groups of 12-16. Workshops are facilitated from a highly detailed manual by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peer leaders with diabetes themselves. Subjects covered include:

  • Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • Working more effectively with health care providers

Diabetes-specific topics include:

  • What is diabetes
  • Monitoring
  • Formula for healthy eating plan
  • Preventing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Preventing or delaying complications
  • Planning low fat meals
  • Reading nutrition labels
  • Strategies for sick days
  • Foot care

Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Physicians and other health professionals both at Stanford and in the community have reviewed all materials in the course. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, an audio relaxation tape, and an audio exercise tape.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

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BABY & ME™ Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth-weight babies. Maintaining smoking cessation after the baby is born extends the positive health outcomes for women and their families by reducing the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. This results in healthier mothers, healthier babies, and an outstanding return on investment (ROI).

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Group Lifestyle Balance™ is a ten-month, 22 session, evidence-based program in which participants work toward achieving two primary goals:

1) Increase physical activity to 150-minutes weekly
2) Lose 5-7% of body weight

In this program, a lifestyle coach works with participants by providing education and assistance to achieve these goals. Participants are monitored and required to attend group sessions.