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Feel better, be in control: NMSU’s Dona Ana County Extension Office hosts wellness program

New Mexico State University’s Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office will offer MyCD, a free chronic disease self-management program beginning this month. The six-week workshop is for individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, pain, cancer, high cholesterol, asthma, heart disease or high blood pressure.

Class will meet from 5:30-8 p.m. each Thursday, from June 9 to July 14, at the Extension office, 530 N. Church St., in Las Cruces. The program will be facilitated by Karim Martinez, county program director for the Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office; Julia Rausch, promotora with the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department; and Alma Gross, a community volunteer. Space is limited. Call 575-525-6649 to register for the class.

“This program is important because it offers proven tips and concrete strategies to meet the challenges people with chronic health conditions face every day,” Martinez said. “Participants will build new relationships and learn new skills to help manage all the things needed to improve their health, as well as to help keep active in their life and relationships. Family, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend too.”

The weekly sessions will focus on feedback and problem solving, using your mind to manage symptoms, communication skills, dealing with depression, dealing with difficult emotions, physical activity and exercise, better breathing, preventing falls and improving balance, medication usage, making healthy food choices, getting a good night’s sleep and other topics.

The program is offered in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District and the New Mexico Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging.