Self-Management Programs for Healthier Living
The Blueprint for Health offers learning opportunities that help individuals better manage their own health. These workshops address a range of conditions and topics, including Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention, Chronic Pain, Tobacco Cessation, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, and any type of Chronic Disease.
Convenient Wellness Classes Across Vermont
Self-management programs statewide are managed by Community Health Improvement at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Workshops are offered in all areas of the state, on days and times that suit a range of schedules. To learn more about each workshop, and find upcoming workshop dates and locations, visit:
Self-Management is Proven to Improve Health, Reduce Health Care Costs
Each program is evidence-based. Some are modeled on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, programs whose completers experience improved health and wellbeing including fewer days in the hospital.
One of the self-management programs, The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), focuses on life-long changes to certain habits and behaviors. A randomized, controlled clinical trial showed that completing this program reduced participants’ chances of developing type-2 diabetes by 58% compared to participants who took a placebo (71% for individuals ages 60 and older). A 10-year follow-up study showed that participants were still one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes a decade later than individuals who took a placebo. Many studies have attested to the positive net savings on medical care expenditures, reduction in Medicare spending and overall return on investment. To learn more, click here.