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Healthy U


Healthy U is Wyoming’s version of the chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP), a renowned, evidence-based health program created at Stanford University. Healthy U is coordinated by the Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) at the University of Wyoming and delivered in partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health’s Aging and Public Health Divisions. Over the course of six 2.5-hour workshops, Healthy U participants learn valuable skills that help them play a more active and productive role in the management of their health. In addition to CDSMP, which addresses any kind of chronic health condition, there are also versions of Healthy U for people who have chronic pain or type 2 diabetes.


Join WyCOA and Partners this May!


MAY 5 - 8, 2019


A Healthy U Leader is someone certified to organize and lead Healthy U workshops in their community.  Anyone who is interested in leading Healthy U workshops in Wyoming can become a Leader. It requires no prior training or accreditation. Public health workers, senior center staff, local volunteers, patient educators, community leaders, and wellness advocates all make great Leaders.  All Healthy U workshops are fully funded and supported by WyCOA and its partners. For those attending a Leader training, WyCOA will reimburse all travel, hotel, and daily expenses. Training is entirely free of charge.

Why offer Health U in my community?  Numerous studies have shown that people who participate in Healthy U show a significant improvement in exercise habits, symptom management, communication with physicians, general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and activities limitations. They spend fewer days in the hospital and require fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. Healthy U is free for anyone to attend and a great tool to help people in your community deal with chronic health issues.

See the flyer for more information on this leader training

To join or participate in a workshop near you
become a Healthy U Leader and bring the program to your region:
Dominick Duhamel at | (307) 766-2765
WyCOA at | (307) 766-2829

 HEALTHY U Workshop Materials Online Purchase Option

The book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is $15.

The CD Relaxation for Mind and Body is $10.

*Please notify your workshop leaders if you have used this online form to purchase any workshop materials.


“Healthy U” is the name given to the Wyoming implementation of Stanford’s renowned evidence-based chronic disease self-management program (CDSMP).
  • Healthy U does not focus on any particular illness or its symptoms, nor does Healthy U focus on treatment. Additionally, Healthy U will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education like Better Breathers, cardiac rehabilitation, and diabetes instruction.
  • Healthy U is an empowerment program that teaches people how to self-manage their daily lives in order to be happy, healthy, and active.
  • Those who have participated in this program demonstrate a significant improvement in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activity limitations. Individuals who partake in the program also spend fewer days in the hospital and tend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. These data yield a cost-to-savings ratio of approximately 1:4.
  • Subjects covered include: (1) techniques to deal with problems like frustration, fatigue, pain, and isolation; (2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; (3) appropriate use of medications; (4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; (5) nutrition; (6) decision-making, and (7) how to evaluate new treatments.
  • In Healthy U, a participant is never told what to do but instead given strategies that help them self-manage their own care and lifestyle.
  • Workshops are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. This mutually supportive format makes the program especially effective and helps participants develop lasting support networks.
  • The research on this program is the result of a five-year grant. Over 1,000 people with chronic diseases were enrolled in a three year, randomized, controlled study. A variety of peer-reviewed, scientific articles have been published on this program. Stanford’s program exists in all 50 states; Wyoming was the most recent state to adopt it.
  • Wyoming’s Healthy U master trainers are aware of additional training resources that exist in the state and often make referrals to programs that complement Healthy U and offer a more disease-specific focus.
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