If you’re living with a long-term health condition, these free programs can improve your quality of life

We know that for many people, daily life looks a little different right now. As we continue to adapt, it’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves — especially if you’re living with  a long-term health condition.

Long-term health conditions can affect body, mind, and spirit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 adults in the United States have a long-term health condition (also known as an “ongoing condition” or a “chronic disease”). Doctors generally define long-term health conditions as lasting three or more months, and many don’t have cures. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and asthma are a few common examples.

If you have a long-term health condition, you already know how it can affect your body. Ordinary things like going to work, running errands, taking care of your house, and even spending time with friends and family can be challenging or painful.

They can also take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Frequent doctor’s appointments and the cost of treatment may cause extra stress. An activity you used to enjoy might drain your energy. And the uncertainty of your health can make you feel irritable or sad, which can affect your relationships

Living Well workshops can help you live better

For many people with long-term health conditions, small lifestyle changes can result in big improvements. If you’re not sure how to get started, Kaiser Permanente’s Living Well programs can help.

Each program lasts six weeks. You’ll learn how to become more active, boost your energy, eat and sleep better, and improve your overall well-being. Sessions are led by trained facilitators who have personally managed long-term health conditions, so they understand what you’re experiencing. You’ll also meet other people facing similar challenges who can help keep you motivated.

Join an online session through Better Choices, Better Health

With Better Choices, Better Health, sign in for one hour a week — whenever it’s convenient — and complete interactive lessons. They’ll give you the tools and resources you need to start improving your quality of life. You can also join an online community for extra support from other participants.

Online Living Well sessions offered through Better Choices, Better Health are available at no additional cost to all King County employees and your eligible dependents who have Kaiser Permanente or Regence BlueShield health coverage.

To learn more, visit www.kingcounty.gov/long-term-health. Questions? Contact balancedyou@kingcounty.gov.

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