Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

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The MSDH Office of Preventive health offers to the public the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program — a Free six-week step-by-step workshops for adults who are living with or caring for someone with a chronic condition or disability.

You don't have to stop doing all the things you love in order to enjoy a healthier life!

What is the Motivated to Live a Better Life program?

A free self-management program for any one living with a long-term health condition such as:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • chronic pain


The workshop was great...I have confidence in myself and friends that we can help each other.
L. Culp - Grenada, MS

I am recommending this workshop to my physicians and friends.
D. Haley - Pearl, MS

Who should attend?

Anyone living with a long-term health condition. Feel free to bring a family member, friend or caregiver.

How will this program help me?

By taking part in Motivated to Live a Better Life you will learn ways to cope and manage your health by:

  • Setting goals that are attainable
  • Working with your healthcare provider and the healthcare system
  • Making daily tasks easier
  • Relaxing and managing stress

Program details

Participants meet 2½ hours each week for six weeks. Workshops are held in community settings such as churches, community centers, libraries, hospitals and other locations throughout the state. There is no charge to attend a workshop.

Workshop overview

Session 1
The Mind-Body Connection
Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Introduction to Action Plans

Session 2
Dealing with Difficult Emotions
Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise
Preventing Falls and Improving Balance
Action Plan

Session 3
Feedback and Problem Solving
Making Decisions
Pain and Fatigue Management
Endurance Exercise
Action Plans

Session 4
Feedback and Problem Solving
Better Breathing
Healthy Eating
Communication Skills

Session 5
Feedback and Problem Solving
Making Healthy Food Choices
Medication Usage
Making Informed Treatment Decisions
Dealing with Depression
Positive Thinking
Action Plan

Session 6
Feedback and Problem Solving
Working with your Health Care Provider and System
Weight Management
Looking Back and Planning for the Future

After attending this workshop...

At the end of this six-week training, you should feel more prepared to:

  • Deal with pain
  • Eat for better health
  • Be more physically active
  • Relax and enjoy life

Chronic health conditions can lead to limitations in work, recreation, home activities and basic self-care. Learn how to deal with the symptoms and how to design your own self-management program.

Last reviewed on Mar 14, 2024 request edits
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866‑HLTHY4U Contact and information

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