Healthy U leads to healthier you

Workshops teach better health habits

Staff reports

MIAMI COUNTY — One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease – those conditions that are treated and managed, but not often cured. Chronic disease takes an enormous toll on peoples’ lives, but fortunately there are ways to manage symptoms and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

The Area Agency on Aging urges you to start down your own path to better health by attending Healthy U where you will learn skills and coping strategies needed to manage your symptoms and live a healthier life.

The series of six weekly workshops will be held at the Miami County YMCA, Robinson Branch, 3060 S. County Road 25-A in Troy, on Mondays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling Kaci Gessaman at (937) 440-9622 or emailing

Workshops are open to adults of any age who have a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers. There is no charge for participants who are 60 years of age or older thanks to funding from the Older Americans Act; younger participants pay a one-time $15 fee. Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.

Healthy U is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills so that participants can better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. Instead of focusing on any one disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health problem.

The program focuses on common problems like chronic pain, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your illness. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and social support.

The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 helps older adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity. This independent, private, nonprofit corporation plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties.

Workshops teach better health habits

Staff reports