Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions Program

The Healthier Living (or Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) is a FREE evidence-based program developed by Stanford University and has been shown to improve health and well-being of adults with different chronic conditions. The Healthier Living program is offered free to Orange County residents over the age of 18 years old.
Call The Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 for more information about classes or click on the link for a list of upcoming classes:  CDSMP 2015 Workshop Schedule

About The Healthier Living Program Workshop:

  • Meets 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks
  • Small group (10-15 participants)
  • Peer-led (non-health care professional) self-management workshop
  • Promotes empowerment by teaching behavior management
  • Not disease-specific
  • Great for people with a single or multiple chronic health conditions
  • Great for caregivers
  • Addresses topics such as
    • Problem-solving
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Nutritious eating
    • Improving communication with physicians, family, and friends
    • Medication “how to’s”
    • Weekly goal setting

The Benefits of Healthier Living:

  • More energy / reduced fatigue
  • Improved symptom management
  • Increase in exercise
  • Improved health status
  • Reduction in pain
  • Enhanced partnerships with physicians
  • Fewer outpatient visits
  • Fewer emergency room visits
  • Fewer hospitalizations
  • Decrease in length of hospital stay

Workshop Participant Testimony:

“The workshop put me back in charge of my life, and I feel great. I only wish I had done this sooner.” - Robert, age 68

For more information about the Healthier Living program,
click here.

Would you like to participant in a Helthier Living workshop?
Healthier Living workshops are offered throughout all of Orange County. Call the Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 for more information about upcoming classes or click on the link: 
CDSMP 2015 Calendar

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St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton is offering a Living Healthy with Chronic Conditions Support Group for anyone who has already completed the class in the North Orange County and would like a review of the skills you learned in class

©     Remember how much you learned in the “Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition” Class?

    Have you been practicing the skills we learned about in class? 

     Are you using the “Tool Box” to break the cycle of symptoms and better manage your chronic illness?
©    Are you still making an ACTION PLAN every week?

©    Class will meet once a month for 1½ hours to discuss different topics, encourage and support each other, and learn new ideas and strategies that can help improve our daily lives.

Please join for our first meeting!
When:   Friday, December 19, 2014
Time:     9:00AM-10:30AM
Where:  SJMC Community Services Bldg.
130 W. Bastanchury Rd. Fullerton, 92835
RSVP:   714-446-5473
Sandy Colvin, St. Jude Medical Center & Lori Funke, RN, PHN, Adult Public Health Nursing Service

Help Yourself and Others with Ongoing Health Conditions By Becoming a Leader!

Do you speak Spanish? Have a desire to help others? Do you have your own ongoing health conditions? How about helping yourself and others by becoming a leader for Tomando de su Salud. Tomando de su Salud is the Spanish version of the Healthier Living/Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and was developed in Spanish to address health topics in a culturally appropriate manner.  The 4-day leaders training is free and takes place at the Orange County Office on Aging on: January 20th, January 22nd, January 26th, & January 27th. 

Interested Leader applicants must: 

  • Attend a four-day training (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) 
  • Be comfortable in front of a group 
  • Able to facilitate future Tomando de su Salud workshops
  • Speak Spanish fluently

Volunteers who are interested in becoming a trained leader in Tomando Control de su Salud are to complete a Registration Form Application and return it to the Office on Aging OR
fax it to (714) 567-5021

For Questions:
Call Lindsay OC Office on Aging at (714) 480-6456
or Llame a Miriam OC Office on Aging al 1-800-510-2020

Informational flyers and registration application forms are located below:

English Leaders Flyer


Clase Volantes en Español


Interested In Becoming a Host Site for the Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions Program:

The Office on Aging is accepting inquiries from local Orange County community based organizations that are interested in hosting the Healthier Living 6-week program. Currently the Office on Aging is working with local hospitals, community and senior centers, churches, and libraries to facilitate the Healthier Living program. It is a wonderful opportunity for community organizations that provide direct services to adults or caregivers. If you would like to be involved in hosting these workshops and are able to:

  • Provide private meeting space for at least 20 people
  • Be able to provide classes on the same day for six consecutive weeks for 2.5 hours
  • Can help support and promote the Healthier Living program by distributing flyers, displaying flyers in the organization's lobby/reception area, and/or list the program on the organization's website/calendar of events

For more information on becoming a Healthier Living host site, please contact Lindsay by phone at (714) 480-6456 or email at

Stakeholder Meetings

July 7, 2010 Meeting Agenda
July 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes

October 26, 2010 Meeting Agenda
October 26, 2010 Meeting Minutes

February 24, 2011 Meeting Agenda
February 24, 2011 Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2011 Meeting Agenda
July 27, 2011 Meeting Minutes

October 27, 2011 Meeting Agenda

Leader Resources

Marketing Materials

Information Flyer
Workshop Session Outline Flyer
Tri-fold Brochure
Testimonial Flyer
Fact Sheet for Medical Professionals
Program Overview for Medical Professionals
Program Overview PowerPoint

Class Materials

CDSMP Workshop Cover Letter
CDSMP Session 1 Survey
CDSMP Session 6 Survey
CDSMP Attendence Log
Book Loaner Agreement Form
Certificate of Completion 


September 21, 2010 Facilitator Meeting Minutes