The CT Healthy Living website is a key initiative of the CT Healthy Living Collective and provides fast, easy access to participation in community evidence-based programs such as Live Well and Live Well with Diabetes, and the Aging Mastery Program. This public education website supports the Collective’s mission to provide access to healthy living programs throughout Connecticut.
You may take one or all of our programs. Many people do.
If you have an ongoing health condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis or something different, Live Well will help you manage your disease better, improving your life overall. If you have diabetes (Type 2), Live Well with Diabetes will help you become more self-sufficient in managing your life, helping you feel more in control and healthier. Live Well with Chronic Pain can help you better manage your symptoms. And if you want to learn new ways to help improve your health, financial security and overall well-being, consider enrolling in an Aging Mastery Program near you.
First, find a workshop near you on the Workshop Schedule. After you select the workshop you want to attend, you can register online right on the individual workshop page. Or, if you prefer, you can call the contact number on the individual workshop page to register by phone.
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Workshops are held throughout Connecticut throughout the year. Visit our Workshop Schedule to find a workshop in your area.
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According to the National Council on Aging evidence-based programs are based on rigorous study of the effects or outcomes of specific interventions or model programs. They demonstrate reliable and consistently positive changes in important health-related and functional measures. Tested model programs are translated into practical, effective community-based programs. They are packaged for implementation with a variety of supportive materials. As a result, the program’s content and fidelity is consistent in all settings, and is easy to deliver. Packages usually include implementation manuals and specialized training.
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The Workshops are generally offered at no or low cost.
CT Healthy Living programs will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. The programs are especially helpful for people with more than one chronic conditions. They are designed to boost skills, build confidence and keep active lives. They can even enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction.
If you are an adult with an ongoing health condition, Self-Management programs provide the support you need to find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. If you have conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, the Live Well Workshop or Live Well with Diabetes can help you take charge of your life!
Yes! In Connecticut the Live Well program is also offered in Spanish. The program is called “Tomando Control de su Salud” and “Programa de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes”. Visit our Workshop Schedule for a listing of workshops in your area.
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The Live Well program is funded in partnership with the CT State Department on Aging through Older American Act Title IIIE funding and the CT Department of Public Health. This website is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support under grant 1305.
This is the official website for Connecticut’s Live Well programs. It has been created by a team that includes the CT Department of Public Health, the CT State Department on Aging, and Connecticut Community Care. You can learn more about our team on the About Us page.
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Live Well is an evidence-based self-management Stanford Workshop developed at Stanford University. The Division of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Stanford University received a five year research grant from the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Policy and the State of California Tobacco-Related Diseases office. The purpose of the research was to develop and evaluate, through a randomized controlled trial, a community-based self-management program that assists people with chronic illness. The study was completed in 1996.
The diabetes program is for people with type 2 diabetes and their caregiver. It includes much of the material covered in the chronic disease program , for example, goal setting, problem solving, but is also has diabetes specific information. This includes foot care, what to do on sick days, what your blood sugar range should be and more.
For pre-diabetes the best program is the Diabetes Prevention Program. You can find a listing of these at www.cdc.gov/diabetes
Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. The medical term is hyperglycemia but many people simply say that “they have sugar”. When blood sugar levels are higher than normal people may find that they are thirsty, need to urinate often, feel very tired and may have unexplained weight loss. Or, they may not experience any symptoms at all. It is important to get blood sugar levels in good control because over time high blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, loss of vision, foot amputations and dental problems.
A chronic disease is a long-term health condition. Some examples are arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, depression and some forms of cancer. It is important for people with any long-term health condition to work with their health care provider to be active managers of health. There is a lot that can be done to help manage the condition such as healthy eating, being active and communicating effectively with family and health care providers.
Live Well Leaders are people who are motivated to empower others to learn tools to help manage their chronic health conditions, set personal goals and solve problems. We welcome you to learn more about the requirements and training to become a volunteer workshop leader.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a workshop site! If you are interested in holding workshops at your facility, contact us to learn about the requirements.