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Saint Mary’s offers free chronic disease management program
by Tribune Staff
Sep 14, 2011 | 353 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers a free program to assist individuals living with chronic conditions improve their overall health. This six-week program, “Healthy Aging: Up2Me,” was created through a partnership with the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. Beginning Sept. 29, the program will be offered each Thursday in Sparks. The program concludes on Nov. 3.

“The resources and support offered through this program help transform the lives of those in our community coping with chronic conditions,” said Dr. Susan Harris, coordinator of Gerontology Academic program at the Sanford Center for Aging. “Certified trainers provide life-changing guidance to help individuals better manage symptoms and increase overall well-being.”

People age 55 and older managing chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart or lung conditions, high blood pressure, cancer or other diseases are eligible to register for the program. Each class teaches individuals how to manage symptoms through exercise techniques, diet management, setting personal goals, utilizing community resources and effectively communicating concerns with a physician. Upon completion of the program, all participants will receive a copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

The program is offered each month at different locations throughout the community. The next series will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Sparks Senior Center at 97 Richards Way. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 770-7100 or visit
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