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MeritCare offers Living Well Saturday workshops

DETROIT LAKES - Most people want to live the most productive life they can, but for those living with arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer and those who are overweight or have other ongoing health conditions, it can be very difficult.

To help people live fuller, healthier and more active lives, MeritCare is offering Living Well workshops. The workshops are free and are for anyone with ongoing health problems and their support people.

Participants learn self-management skills to increase their confidence in managing their health. Living Well was developed by Stanford University; research has shown that the workshop is extremely effective. As one participant said, "It's like hiring a personal manager to take charge of your life, and that manager is you."

A workshop is being held in Detroit Lakes on Saturdays, April 5-May 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

Participants will learn important skills such as problem solving, action planning, managing difficult emotions, communication and increasing activity. Living Well is facilitated by two trained leaders who are peers, meaning that they too live with ongoing health problems.

Registration is required. Call MeritCare at 701-234-5570 or 877-234-4240 to register.