Living Healthy Open House illustrates the power of peer support

UNC Family Medicine's Living Healthy program recently hosted an open house for more than 40 program alumni.

Living Healthy Open House illustrates the power of peer support click to enlarge Program graduates Gloria Gilchrist and Gerardo Vazquez Morales

Living Healthy is an evidence-based curriculum for people with chronic disease and their caregivers. The program provides participants the opportunity to meet others, learn from one another, and share tools and resources that have proven effective. The recent open house event was a time of celebration and learning. The event featured remarks from Gloria Gilchrist and Gerardo Vazquez Morales, graduates of the program who are making progress towards their health goals.

Local merchants donated prizes for the event, and participants had the chance learned about other community resources – from mindfulness classes to smoking cessation programs – that may help them manage their health.

Living Healthy is an evidenced-based curriculum offered through Family Medicine both on-site or at other locations in the community. The curriculum was developed at Stanford University and is ideal for people who live with chronic disease and their caregivers. It provides them an opportunity to meet others, learn from one another, and share tools and resources that have been proven effective. Workshops are facilitated by two trained lay leaders over a six week period for two and a half hours.  Classes are generally offered in the Fall and Spring. Contact Sherry Hay at Shay@med.unc.edu with questions or for more information.