Be Well South Dakota proudly introduces, Better Choices, Better Health® , a community-led evidence-based program modeled after Stanford University’s chronic disease self-management program and is supported by the South Dakota Department of Health and SDSU Extension Services.

Don’t let an ongoing health condition get the best of you. Take control by signing up for Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH). BCBH, part of Good & Healthy South Dakota, is a chronic disease self-management program designed to help you get back in charge of your life.

You’ll find a supportive environment and a sense of community to help you through your daily activities while dealing with the emotions that come from battling a chronic condition.

 What you’ll learn.

BCBH workshops are 2-½ hours long and meet weekly for six weeks in community settings such as senior centers, churches, and libraries. Topics include:

  • Techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  • Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Medication management
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • Learning how to pace activity and rest
  • Eating well and fun ways to get active

The program is proven to be effective and is facilitated by two trained Lay Leaders, one or both of whom may have a chronic condition themselves. Research has shown that after participating in a six-week workshop, you’ll:

  • Be able to better manage your symptoms
  • Communicate more easily with doctors and loved ones
  • Be less limited by your illness
  • Spend less time at the doctor or in the hospital
  • Generally feel better

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Workshop classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

It is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to manage their symptoms related to chronic conditions and understand how their health problems affect their lives.

Find out more about the workshops and what else Better Choices, Better Health can do for you here.