GOWANDA — The Healthy Community Alliance is offering a free Chronic Disease Self-Management program for anyone 18 years of age or older who are diagnosed with, or caring for, someone with diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, breathing concerns, depression or any on-going health concerns.

The program will begin Monday, Sept. 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. and continue every Monday for six weeks. The program will be held at Community Place, 1 School St., in Gowanda and facilitated by trained peer leaders.

To register, call the Healthy Community Alliance at 532-1010. This program is offered in partnership with Erie County Senior Services, Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, People Inc, and The United Way of Cattaraugus County.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six-session, peer-led health education program for people dealing with a chronic disease or any on-going health concerns.

The purpose of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is to enhance one’s skills and abilities to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. It often compliments treatment that participants may be receiving through their primary care.

In addition, participants learn or enhance their problem-solving and decision-making skills which enable them to confront the ever-changing challenges of living with a chronic disease.

The course is facilitated by two trained leaders. Participants are invited to bring a family member, friend and/or caretaker.

Program content includes:

Pain and Fatigue Management

Healthy Eating and Fitness

Stress Management

Communication Skills

Decision Making

Working with Health Professionals

Evaluating New Treatments

Goal Setting

Problem Solving and more

Call Healthy Community Alliance 532-1010 to register for the free program.

The Healthy Community Alliance is located in Gowanda and serves to improve quality of life in rural communities through broad-based, inclusive partnerships that support wellness and prevention.