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Dona Ana County Extension to host chronic disease self-management program

New Mexico State University's Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office will offer a free chronic disease self-management program. The six-part workshop is for individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, heart disease, asthma or anxiety.


"This program is important because it offers proven tips and concrete strategies to meet the challenges people with chronic health conditions face every day," said Karim Martinez, county program director for the Dona Ana County Cooperative Extension Office. "The goal of the program is to achieve the greatest possible physical capability and pleasure from life. Hopefully after attending the program, people with chronic conditions will feel better, feel more in control and feel like they can do the things they want to do. They can put life back into their life."

Participants will learn how to manage their illness through self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle. Examples of topics the program will cover are pain management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, the importance of medications and how to improve communication with doctors, family and friends. Class materials are provided by Southern Area Health Education Center, affiliated with NMSU's College of Health and Social Services.

Class will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Friday, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, at the Extension office, 530 N. Church St., in Las Cruces. Space is limited. Call 575-525-6649 to register for the class.