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Chronic conditions are long-term health issues that impact a person’s life for many years. Examples of chronic conditions include heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and arthritis.

People with chronic conditions spend only an estimated average of 12 hours with health service providers in the course of an entire year – and the remaining 364+ days in their communities, with their families, and in their homes and workplaces. 

How people manage their symptoms, medications, eating and physical activity during those 364+ days (their “Self-Management”) has a powerful impact on people’s well-being and health outcomes.

The CE LHIN’s Self-Management Training Priority Project, launched in April 2008, introduces a consistent, co-ordinated and sustainable Chronic Disease Self-Management training model across Central East LHIN. 

The Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions six-week self-management workshop empowers people to develop new tools and skills to break the cycle of symptoms that can result from chronic conditions.  It is widely considered a best practice in chronic disease self-management and has been adopted in many parts of Canada and around the world.

This LHIN-funded initiative provides self-management training to 1,400 consumers & caregivers, and numerous health service providers, in its first two years.   As of  October 2010, over 2,000 consumers and caregivers have attended self-management workshops. 

The Central East Community Care Access Centre (CECCAC) has taken the role of Lead Program Sponsor Agency and holds the Chronic Disease Self-Management program license from Stanford University.

Learn more…. Self-Management Project Making a Difference

FREE “Living a Healthy Life” Workshop: Take charge – and get the most out of life with long-term conditions


Living A Healthy Life Program - Workshop Topics

Session 1:
Differences between acute and chronic conditions
Using the mind for symptom management
Action Plans (all 6 sessions)

Session 2:
Difficult Emotions
Intro to Physical Activity

Session 3: 
Better Breathing
Muscle Relaxation
Pain and Fatigue Management
Endurance Exercise

Session 4:
Healthy Eating
Future Plans for Health Care
Problem Solving

Session 5:
Making Treatment Decisions
Depression Management
Positive Thinking
Guided Imagery

Session 6
Working with your health care professional & the health care system
Looking back and planning for the future



The CE LHIN Self‐Management Program (a program of Central East CCAC) is moving forward with initiatives for health service providers to empower them in their role supporting health behaviour change in their patients and clients. In 2010, the CE LHIN Self-Management Program initiated training & delivery of the accredited “Choices & Changes” course from the Institute for Healthcare Communication.

“Choices & Changes” is a workshop developed to acquaint health care providers with literature, theory and techniques to promote health behaviour changes.  As of August 2011, 28 individuals have completed the train‐the‐trainer program in Central East, and these faculty members have successfully delivered Choices & Changes workshops to over 300 clinicians. Upon successful completion of the 4‐day course, graduates are positioned to deliver the Choices & Changes workshop to other health care professionals within Central East, coordinated through the CE LHIN Self‐Management Program (CECCAC).

Applications and additional information can be accessed by clicking in the following link -