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Get Better Together!
by Regional Health Authority, 1/28/2016 10:35:34 AM

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Let’s Get Better Together!


Get Better Together is a free six-week workshop designed to help people with ongoing health conditions take control of their health. This program, led by others living with chronic conditions, can help you develop a plan to deal with the daily challenges of an ongoing health concern or disability.  Participants meet weekly for 2 ½ hours, over a period of 6 weeks.  Topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, communication, dealing with fatigue & frustration, goal setting, problem-solving and pain management will be discussed.  This type of group setting offers support and helps build confidence to better manage your health.  Participants are also encouraged to bring a friend, family member or other support person to the sessions.

This past year, ten Get Better Together sessions have occurred in Prairie Mountain Health!  These classes happened in:  Virden, Russell, Carberry, 7th Street Access Centre in Brandon and 2 sessions at the Samaritan House in Brandon.  Sessions were also held at the HERO Clubs in Swan River and Roblin, and the communities of Duck Bay and Ebb and Flow. 

All classes have been very successful!  One of the participants from Russell said the program was “inspiring and educational, [offers] new learning skills, help[s] you deal and cope with your depression and to think positive instead of negative which makes living more manageable.”

A few of the Brandon participants shared their experiences as well, “it helps with all the aspects of living, it is very positive and a great experience.  It is a great reason to get out and talk to [other] people that understand how you are feeling in a non-judgmental atmosphere.”

“This program provided solid motivation for improving my life.  The facilitators were reassuring and promoted trust and confidence.”

“This has helped me to emerge from a physical/mental slump, and to live a healthier life despite Parkinson’s.”

Our newest partnership with the Samaritan House and Prairie Mountain Health has flourished in the past few months.  The Samaritan House offers a program called Age is an Asset that is for 55-64-year old who is looking to re-join the work force.  Age is an Asset is a government funded, 12-week program that participants register to attend Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.  The program offers everything from CPR training to resume development, life skills such as:  finance management, chronic health self-management, stress and coping skills, quitting smoking and much more.  Get Better Together has been a great fit into the Age is an Asset curriculum.  Age is an Asset will be offered three times per year in which Get Better Together will be included.  The connection between being able to manage your chronic health condition and maintaining employment is valuable, and we are excited to be able to support participants in this health equitable approach.

Wondering if Get Better Together is for you?  The program is ideal for people dealing with any health condition such as; arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, chronic back pain, stroke, osteoporosis, lupus, heart disease, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, weight issues and many others.  It also provides a great opportunity for the support people and families of people living with a health condition to share, learn and gain support from each other.

There are two ways to take part in the Get Better Together program: 

•    In-person, as a group setting in various communities around the region.  For more information or to express interest in taking a community program, you can phone our toll-free number 1-877-509-7852 and leave your name, phone number and the community where you would like to take the program in. 
•    Online, if you cannot get to a community program, on a dedicated, secure website.  The on-line version allows participants to join from any computer with internet access and take part on your own time and schedule.  For more information on the on-line version, please go to getbettertogether.ca or call 1-204-632-3927.
 
 


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