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Bothwell hosting Pettis County MU Extension ‘Chronic Disease Self-Management’ program


Sedalia, Missouri, April 10, 2018 — Bothwell Regional Health Center is pleased to host “Chronic Disease Self-Management,” a multi-session program by the Pettis County University of Missouri Extension that helps participants maintain quality of life when facing chronic medical conditions.

The free program will cover six sessions for two hours each Wednesday, starting May 9 and ending on June 13. The classes will be conducted from 6-8 p.m. at Bothwell’s Education Center at the corner of 14th and Ingram in Sedalia. Among the subjects that will be covered are:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals
  • Nutrition
  • How to evaluate new treatments

Melissa Cotton, a nutrition and health education specialist for the Pettis County MU Extension, said the program will offer practical ways to help people with chronic ailments. “This course will help people with chronic illness learn healthy ways to live with a disease,” Cotton said. “We hope to give them some skills to manage and overcome not just the physical problems that are part of a chronic illness, but the emotional struggles they also face.”

To register, contact Cotton at 660-827-0519 or email her at cottonmr@missouri.edu.

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