Nobody wants to have a chronic long-term illness. Unfortunately, most adults will experience two or more chronic conditions during our lives. These illnesses include heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and a host of others can cause most people to experience fatigue as well as to lose physical strength and endurance.
That's why the “Living Longer, Living Stronger, Living with Chronic Conditions” series of workshops were held at the Altus Public Library once a week on Tuesday evenings for six weeks in July and finished on August 5. The program was for adults who struggle with their chronic illnesses, and for those who support family members or loved ones with chronic conditions.
The Health Department workshop presenters were April Collom from Frederick and Courtney Donley from Elk City, who are themselves living with and managing chronic conditions. Their training and expenses were covered by the Older Americans Act funds and the Oklahoma Department of Health.
“The goal of the 15-hours series was to learn and practice positive self-management skills,” said workshop presenter Courtney Donley. “Workshop topics included goal setting, exercise, nutrition, and relaxation techniques.
One outstanding part of the series was the low-cost, healthy meals provided. The food included Thai-Style Chopped Salad, Zucchini Succotash, Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”, Frozen Fruit Cups, Microwave Vegetable Platter, Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets, Granola Bites, fresh fruit, Javanese meal, Yonanas, ham & beans, cornbread, and healthy lasagna. Some recipes were shared from Nutrition Assistant Becky Luna of the Jackson County OSU Cooperative Extension Service
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