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Better Choices, Better Health® SD Workshop Coming to SDSU Wellness Center

BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Extension and partners are providing an opportunity for South Dakotans to take control of their health by participating in educational sessions specifically designed for adults with chronic conditions.

Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshop will be held Tuesdays, January 8-February 12, 2019 at the SDSU Wellness Center, (1401 N Campus Dr.). The sessions will take place from 9:30 a.m. - noon.


"Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease workshops teach strategies to handle chronic health conditions and improve quality of life."

— Megan Jacobson, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, Better Choices, Better Health ® Program Associate.

Each workshop consists of six, two-and-a-half hour sessions with interactive group discussion. "Better Choices, Better Health® SD is not a support group but rather a workshop on how to make small steps toward positive changes and a healthier life," Jacobson explained.

Workshop topics include: managing pain, fatigue and stress; tips for healthy eating, personal exercise plans; relaxation techniques; medication how-to's; dealing with emotions; and working better with your doctor and care team.

The program was originally developed by Stanford more than 20 years ago. Better Choices, Better Health ® is designed for those with chronic conditions that might include, but are not limited to: arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, depression, cancer, high blood pressure, breathing problems, chronic pain, anxiety, weight issues and fibromyalgia.

The South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension, and South Dakota Department of Human Services launched the Better Choices, Better Health® SD in an effort to teach South Dakotans with chronic health conditions ways to manage the impact of their disease on their lives and their families' lives. The classes are offered in partnership with the SDSU Wellness Center.

State Health Plan members can receive 75 Wellness Points for attending a BCBH workshop.

Preregistration is Required by Jan. 15, 2019

For more information or to register for the workshop, call SDSU Extension at 1.888.484.3800. Online registration is available. Deadline to register is January 15, 2019 - no new attendees are allowed after January 15 (second session of the six week workshop).