Self-management is the active participation of individuals in achieving their best health and wellness. This involves gaining the confidence, knowledge and skills to manage physical, social and emotional aspects of life in partnership with health care teams and community support.
Self-management of chronic diseases has many advantages. It gives the person control of their own condition. It allows them to lift their self-esteem, provide symptom relief and improve their quality of life. A person living living a chronic disease has a central role in managing their illness or condition, including healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring and administering medications and making informed decisions.
The disadvantage of self-management is that it is very challenging. It requires behavioural change, motivation and support.
Diabetes Education Programs are delivered by health care providers with expertise in diabetes. They teach self-management of diabetes, and offer expertise in understanding the disease and how to manage it. They offer initial education to individuals and families as well as on-going follow-up which is essential in managing diabetes. To self-refer to a Diabetes Educaton Program, complete a self-referral form.
Self-Management programs are delivered by peer leaders (lay people trained by health care providers) to provide self-management support and guidance to individuals and families who have been living with diabetes or other chronic conditions. There are a variety of free programs available throughout the province that compliment diabetes education programs.
To learn more about self-management programs in our region, visit: www.wwselfmanagement.ca
For more information or to register for a workshop,
call: 519-947-1000 x 255 or 1-866-337-3318
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