Living Well Workshops

Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Lifestyles were two common areas of need in the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessments. In 2016 Fairview trained its first cohort of peer leaders and began hosting Living Well workshops in response to the need for self-management of chronic diseases. Living Well is an evidence-based program offered free of charge to participants.

Living Well is an evidence-based program that was developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. It is a workshop given two and a half hours once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. The program was developed for people with chronic conditions and their significant others. People with different chronic conditions attend the same workshop. Workshops are facilitated by two trained peer leaders, one or both of whom are non-health professionals with at least one chronic condition.

“I enjoyed the group experience, the camaraderie, and learning with other people.” - Workshop participant

Subject covered

In the Living Well class, the following subjects are covered:

  • Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Healthy eating
  • How to evaluate new treatment
  • Setting goals and planning for the future
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Appropriate medication use
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health care professionals

There is also a great emphasis on action planning, disease-related problem solving, and decision making.

“I learned to accept my physical limitations and to try harder to meet better health goals.” - Workshop participant

Who should attend? 

This class is appropriate for adults of all ages who have ongoing health problems or who care for people who do.

Upcoming workshops

Contact us about joining a workshop already in progress.

Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21 – Thursdays, 1–3:30 p.m.

Fairview Plaza, Hematite Room, 1200 East 25th St., Hibbing, MN 55746
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March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11 — Thursdays, 12 – 2 p.m.
Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420
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April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 — Wednesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
Keisler Wellness Center, 3130 S.E. 2nd Ave., Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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“In just a few weeks, I got back to feeling better — and back to being the kind of person I like to be.” - Workshop participant

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