If you’re living with a long-term health condition, these free programs can improve your quality of life
We know that for many people, daily life looks a little diﬀerent right now. As we continue to adapt, it’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves — especially if you’re living with a long-term health condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 in 10 adults in the United States have a long-term health condition (also known as an “ongoing condition” or a “chronic disease”). Doctors generally deﬁne long-term health conditions as lasting three or more months, and many don’t have cures. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and asthma are a few common examples.
If you have a long-term health condition, you already know how it can aﬀect your body. Ordinary things like going to work, running errands, taking care of your house, and even spending time with friends and family can be challenging or painful. They can also take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Frequent doctor’s appointments and the cost of treatment may cause extra stress. An activity you used to enjoy might drain your energy. And the uncertainty of your health can make you feel irritable or sad, which can aﬀect your relationships
For many people with long-term health conditions, small lifestyle changes can result in big improvements. If you’re not sure how to get started, Kaiser Permanente’s Living Well programs can help. These programs are free to employees and dependents. Visit the Balanced You blog for more information.