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Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health

Workshop Contacts

  • Anchorage Senior Center
    Carmen Montano
  • Providence Senior Care Center
    Karen Hollar
  • Mat-Su
    Julie Cascio
  • Kenai
    Linda Tannehill
    Deborah Nyquist
  • Statewide through UAF CES
    Leslie Shallcross
  • General Information

Living Well Alaska:
Better Choices, Better Health

Chronic Disease Self-Management


Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health is a series of workshops that help people with chronic illnesses learn ways to self manage their condition and take charge of their life. Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health workshops are held throughout Alaska for people with all kinds of chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health covers a range of health topics such as:

  • healthy eating
  • relaxation techniques
  • managing fatigue
  • low impact exercising
  • managing medications
  • problem solving
  • goal setting
  • working with your health professional.

Research on this program has shown that participants are able to manage their symptoms better and communicate more easily with their doctors and loved ones. People who take the program feel better, are less limited by their illness, and may spend less time at the doctor or in the hospital.

The State of Alaska, Section of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, has obtained from Stanford University a State license that is valid through August 2012. All course leaders and master trainers are required to sign MOAs to teach Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health workshops. 

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For Clinical Outcomes see the following Chronicle article from July, 2013:

Read more about the Living Well Alaska program evaluation in the Chronicle article released April, 2012:

For more background see the initial program article from September, 2007:


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Living Well Alaska -  Leadership Training

  • When: TBA
    Where: Cooperative Extension Service, 1675 C Street, Ste. 100, Anchorage
    Contact: Call Leslie Shallcross at 907-786-6313 or email for more information.
    Register: Online
    Fee: $300

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Diabetes Prevention Classes

This monthy program helps you learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent Type 2 diabetes. Program includes 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. 

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Upcoming Self-Management Workshops

Anchorage - Southcentral Foundation
  • When: Ongoing 6-week chronic disease self-management workshops
    Where: Southcentral Foundation.

    Contact: For more information or to register, please contact SCF Health Education at 729-2689.

    Please note:
    lunch is provided at every session and the classes are open to beneficiaries and employees of SCF/ANMC.

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Anchorage - 6-week Workshop in Spanish

  • When: October 29-December 10, 2015 • 5:30pm-8pm
    Where: Anchorage Senior Activity Center - 1300 E. 19th Ave, Anchorage AK  99501.

    Contact: Call Nelly at 907-269-8035 or Carmen 907-770-2025 or email to enroll or for more information.
    Cost: FREE! There is no fee for this workshop.

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(Note: Future class to be offered in English. Check back for dates).


Workshop Forms

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Contact Us

For information about Living Well Alaska: Better Choices, Better Health classes in your area or if you would like to become a course leader for your organization or community, please contact:

Diabetes Program
(907) 269-8035

Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
State of Alaska Division of Public Health

3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503

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