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January 21, 2009

SIU Med School Offers “Healthy Living” Program

A free six-week program, Journey to Healthy Living, is being offered starting in February by the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.  The program is sponsored in partnership with the Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

The program is designed for adults who have on-going or chronic health conditions and need help in managing their overall health.  Individuals who can benefit from the program may include, but not limited to, those with asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and obesity.

The program focuses on working with the health care team, dealing with fatigue and frustration, relaxing and handling stress, eating healthy, setting goals for better health, using medications effectively and increasing energy levels.  It was developed by Stanford University and now is used internationally.  SIU health care staff trained for the program conduct the workshop meetings.

The program meets 1:30 - 4 p.m. Thursdays, February 5 through March 12, SCIL,
330 South Grand Ave. W., Springfield.  Registration is required for this free program.

To register or for more information, call the SIU staff, 217-545-3881, or the SCIL staff, 217-523-2587 weekdays.

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