Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Marla Zometsky,

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Photo of walking shoesThe Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop series teaches participants how to manage the challenges that come with being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • High blood pressure

Workshops are offered in small-group community settings, and are available in English and Spanish for anyone in the community. (Special groups are also available for those in the BeWell program.)

This free 6-week workshop will help you gain self-confidence in your ability to control symptoms and become an active self-manager in your life with chronic disease. You will learn to:

  • Manage frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation
  • Use medication properly
  • Communicate effectively with family, friends, and health care providers
  • Make informed care decisions
  • Adopt appropriate exercise and nutrition goals

Who should attend?

  • Adults with chronic illness
  • Friends, relatives, or caregivers of a person with chronic illness

The workshops are highly interactive, focusing on building skills, sharing experiences, and support. What to expect:

  • Between 8-16 participants with a wide range of chronic health problems
  • Workshops led by two trained leaders
  • Opportunities to give and receive support
  • A copy of "Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions" participant handbook

For more information, contact Jamie MacDonald (703-383-8451, TTY 711).