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State's HEALTHY U Ohio initiative offers three ways to live "Well Beyond 60!"
Learn to be a healthier you in your community, online and on Facebook
COLUMBUS - Nearly three out of four adults age 60 or older have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and lung disease, according to the National Council on Aging. The likelihood of living with two or more of these conditions increases with age. Left unchecked, chronic conditions can limit independence and lower an individual's quality of life. HEALTHY U Ohio, the state's chronic disease self-management program, helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions so that they can live "Well Beyond 60!"
"Have you ever known anyone who wants to be sicker or frailer? I know I haven't," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which operates HEALTHY U Ohio. "There is always something you can do to be healthier, and HEALTHY U Ohio can give you the tools to improve and maintain your health and well-being."
There are three ways to connect with HEALTHY U Ohio:
Community-based workshops - Developed by researchers at Stanford University, HEALTHY U is a small group program that helps adults gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms and understand how their health problems affect their lives. Individuals participate in interactive workshops facilitated by a pair of leaders, one or both of whom live with a chronic disease themselves. Workshops are available for chronic disease, diabetes and chronic pain.
Online workshops - Better Choices, Better Health is the online version of HEALTHY U and is available to anyone with a computer and internet access. Participants log on at their convenience for about two hours per week and join other participants on a dedicated, secure website. Workshops are available for chronic disease and diabetes.
HEALTHY U on Facebook - The new HEALTHY U Ohio Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HealthyUOhio) is your source for daily information, resources and tips to effectively manage chronic health conditions and take an active role in maintaining and improving their health.
May is celebrated nationally as Older Americans Month to recognize the achievements of our elders and acknowledge the many organizations that serve them, care for them and provide them with opportunities to contribute. Ohio's theme for 2015, "Well Beyond 60!" emphasizes the role that each of us plays in determining our own health and wellness.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.