Welcome to the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center's (SWRAC) guide to managing your health. If you have the following:
- arthritis or a related condition such as fibromyalgia or osteoporosis
- pre-diabetes or diabetes
- heart disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol
- lung disease such as asthma or COPD;
- ANY OTHER ONGOING HEALTH CONDITION
then NOW is the time to take STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH. Learn new ways to live your life and stay active in spite of a chronic health issue. You will find out about new exercises, ways to reduce fatigue and pain, how to manage medications, and even how to decrease your doctor visits.
Services available at the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center:
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) A program designed specifically for people with arthritis, taught by certified instructors throughout the Southwest Missouri service area.
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Feel Better Now) A six week class led by certified instructors full of tools to manage a chronic disease, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, that includes topics such as Nutrition, Communication with Healthcare Providers and Action Plans.
Diabetes Self-Management Program (DBSM) A six week class led by certified instructors full of tools to manage diabetes including Ways to Balance and Control Blood Sugar, Reading Food Lables, Nutrition, Exercise, and Communication with Healthcare Providers and Action Plans.
Arthritis Self-Help Tool-Kit A toolkit full of resources to manage arthritis, such as an exercise cd and the Arthritis Helpbook.
Walk With Ease Program (WWE) Held in both group and independent formats. Group is a six week class led by certified instructors and independent is completed by an individual. Both formats offer materials and instruction to help reduce pain associated with arthritis, to manage one's health, and to develop a personalized walking plan that meets individual needs.