Kansans Optimizing Health Program, or KOHP for short, is the local name of the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that is conducted in Kansas.

Kansans Optimizing Health Program, or KOHP for short, is the local name of the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that is conducted in Kansas.

KOHP is a highly interactive program where people of various chronic conditions come together to learn and practice new skills over a six- week period to manage their chronic condition. The participants meet once a week for 2 ½ hours to discuss and problem solve a variety of topics relevant to coping with chronic conditions.

The program series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1 – 3:30 p.m. and will meet weekly through Nov. 27. Classes will be held at the Leavenworth County Council on Aging, 1830 S. Broadway in Leavenworth. The program is facilitated by Denise Sullivan and Mike Keohane.

The topics discussed during KOHP include but are not limited to:Learning how to safely become more physically activeLearning how to make healthy food choicesLearning how to communicate with family, friends and the health care teamLearning how to become an active member of the health care teamLearning how to deal with difficult emotions, such as frustration and angerLearning how to set and achieve weekly action plansLearning how to identify and solve problems caused by having a chronic conditionParticipants are encouraged to share their successes in dealing with a variety of topics so participants can learn from each other and build their confidence in dealing with their chronic condition. Participants do not focus on the medical aspect of a specific disease, but rather how to manage the emotional, physical and social challenges of having a chronic condition. Family members and/or friends of participants are encouraged to attend the workshop in order to increase their understanding of the challenges associated with living with a chronic condition on a daily basis.

What makes this program so effective is the process in which it is taught. Classes are highly participative and interactive, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Workshop participants receive the "Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Conditions" book that is a resource for additional information beyond the workshop topics, and an audio relaxation tape, Time for Healing. The primary conditions covered in the book include but are not limited to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease.

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Interested persons can call the Leavenworth County office of K-State Research & Extension at 913-364-5700.

K State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. For more information, visit the Leavenworth County Extension Office at 613 Holiday Plaza, Lansing, KS 66043, call the office at 913-364-5700, or visit our website at: www.leavenworth.ksu.edu