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Dutchess County Offers Self-Management Classes for Chronic Health Conditions in March & April
Learn techniques to effectively cope with conditions such as diabetes

Published: March 1, 2018

Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH), partnering with HRHCare and Mental Health America of Dutchess County will offer Diabetes Self-Management Classes on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., beginning March 20th and meeting weekly until April 24th. The classes will be held at the DBCH, located at 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106, in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Half of all adults are affected by chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and a self-management education program can help residents living with ongoing health conditions discover how to foresee obstacles to their health and take steps toward living a healthier life.

“A Chronic Disease Self-Management program can assist you in learning key strategies, like goal-setting and self-monitoring, which will help you make well-informed decisions about your health,” said DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH.

Chronic Disease Self-Management programs are free, evidence-based workshops which meet weekly for six sessions and are designed for those dealing with chronic health conditions like diabetes. Participants learn techniques and skills needed in the day-to-day management of their ongoing health conditions. These programs help residents learn strategies and develop the skills and confidence to cope with symptoms, manage fatigue, handle stress, communicate effectively with doctors, and manage medications, diet, and exercise. They have also been proven to be effective for caregivers and family members.

The benefits of these programs are incredibly powerful for the individual to gain control over their life.  There is strong evidence they can improve physical and psychological outcomes and quality of life for those with chronic disease, including:

  • decreased pain and health distress;​
  • decreased depression;
  • increased energy and less fatigue;
  • increased physical activity;
  • increased understanding and confidence in managing your chronic disease; and
  • improved communication with healthcare providers.

For further information or to register, call Marlene Taylor at (845) 473-2500, ext. 1309 or email


[Living Healthy with Diabetes Workshop Flyer (.pdf)]