DoH offers free workshops on managing chronic diseases

• A free six-part workshop will begin September 21. The Manage Your Chronic Disease (MyCD) Program is for people with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, high blood pressure, or anxiety. Participants will learn how to manage their chronic illness through self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle. Examples of topics the program will cover are pain management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, the importance of medications and how to improve communication with doctors, family and friends. Build new relationships and learn new skills to help you live a healthier life. Appropriate for adults with disabilities. Family members and caregivers are also welcome to attend.

Dates: Mondays, September 21 – October 26
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Family Medicine Center – 2450 S. Telshor Blvd.

Sign-up now, call or email Alma Gross at 646-3061 or

Workshop is for adults of all ages.

Sponsored by: New Mexico Department of Health and NMSU Southern Area Health Education Center

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department’s Adult Walking Program begins September 2 at Frank O’Brien Papen Center, 304 W. Bell St. The program meets in front of the center every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 – 9 a.m., and will run for 12 weeks.

The goal of the walking program is to increase stamina and cardiovascular health. The program is designed to get participants walking for up to 60 minutes per session in 12 weeks. It begins with 20 minute walks, three times per week, and works up to the 60 minutes. Distance is not the priority, movement is. Participants walk at their own pace, but for a set amount of time.

For active walkers, this is a great way to meet new people, to walk and socialize. Distance is recorded each day in order to track individual progress. No racing or competition, just a focus on health and wellbeing. All participants will meet at Frank O’Brien Papen Center and every fourth week there will be a “Field Trip” walk at another location (optional).

The schedule is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Registration is $36 per participant ($12 per month) and is ongoing at Frank O’Brien Papen Center.

For more information on the Adult Walking Program schedule, contact the Frank O’Brien Papen Center at 541-2454.

• The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Community Foundation meets every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center, 2450 S. Telshor, Annex Building. Free and open to all who are interested. For information, call 524-4373.