News and EventsWednesday, April 15, 2015
HEALTHY U offers three ways to live “Well Beyond 60!”
Program proven to improve health, foster better relationships between patients and care providers, and cut healthcare costs.
Nearly three out of four adults age 60 or older have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, or lung disease, according to the National Council on Aging. The likelihood of living with two or more of these conditions increases with age. Left unchecked, chronic conditions can limit independence and lower an individual’s quality of life. HEALTHY U Ohio, the state’s chronic disease self-management program, helps Ohioans stay active, make healthy choices and manage chronic conditions so that they can live “Well Beyond 60!”
“Well Beyond 60!” is Ohio’s theme for Older Americans Month, celebrated nationwide in May. Older Americans Month recognizes the achievements of our elders and acknowledges the many organizations that serve them, care for them, and provide them with opportunities to contribute. “Well Beyond 60!” emphasizes the role that each of us plays in determining our own health and wellness.
There are three ways to connect with HEALTHY U Ohio and live “Well Beyond 60!”
Training for Healthy U Facilitators
If you have an interest in helping others manage their chronic health conditions, you can receive free training to be a Healthy U facilitator.
Healthy-U facilitators come from a variety of backgrounds: some are adults who have personal experience managing a chronic condition, and others are professionals (nurses, care managers, health educators, etc.). Regardless of their background, Healthy-U leaders receive training and course materials at no cost.
Healthy U works
A report released in February by the National Council on Aging provides details of a study that found that the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (known as Healthy U in Ohio) impacts participants in three key areas: it improves health, fosters better relationships between patients and their care providers, and cuts healthcare costs for individuals and healthcare systems. These findings match the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim goals of better health, better care, and lower costs.
From 2010-2012, researches surveyed 1,170 participants enrolled in 145 workshops in 17 states to find out how Healthy U changed health outcomes, lifestyle behaviors, and health care service utilization over six and 12-months. Their findings included:
Lower Health Costs
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