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Published on October 22, 2015

Billings Clinic awarded grant to offer Living Life Well Program

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Center was awarded a grant through the Montana Arthritis Program to offer the “Montana: Living Life Well” program to patients with chronic disease. The first six week session of the program will run on Mondays starting November 9-December 14, 2015 from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Patients can register at www.billingsclinic.com/classes or by calling 406-255-8440.

“Montana: Living Life Well” is a chronic disease self-management program developed at Stanford University. This program empowers participants with chronic disease to take an active role in managing their health. It covers techniques to deal with problems associated with chronic disease; appropriate exercise; use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition and how to evaluate new treatments. The workshop does not address specific illness. Instead, it addresses the challenges of long term illness, such as pain, fatigue, physical limitations, and difficult emotions.

Participants who have completed the program demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, ability to do social and household activities, less depression and fear, reduced frustration and worry about their health, reduction in symptoms like pain, and increased confidence in their ability to manage their condition.

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