Ready to live a healthier life?

By Holly Steele - PCOAA

PREBLE COUNTY — One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease — those conditions that are treated and managed, but not often cured.

Chronic disease takes an enormous toll on peoples’ lives, but fortunately there are ways to manage symptoms and maintain active and fulfilling lives. The Area Agency on Aging and Preble County Council on Aging urge you to start down your own path to better health by attending Healthy U, where you will learn skills and coping strategies needed to manage your symptoms and live a healthier life.

Healthy U is an interactive, small group workshop that has been proven to improve quality of life and reduce health care expenses by increasing self-confidence and providing new skills so that participants can better manage their symptoms and feel healthier. Instead of focusing on any one disease, participants explore new ways to address challenges common to anyone with a long-term health problem.

The program focuses on common problems like chronic pain, nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicating with doctors and family about your illness. Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and social support.

The series of six weekly workshops will be held at the Preble County Council on Aging, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, on Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling Holly Steele or Stacey Fullmer at 937-456-4947, or send an email to or

By Holly Steele