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addressing wyoming's healthcare needs

adults in the US have one or more chronic diseases
of all US health care expenditures are for people with chronic diseases
increase in chronic disease rates among US adults between 2000 and 2030
leading causes of death in Wyoming are attributed to chronic disease
Wyomingites are underserved with access to primary care
higher disease rates in Wyoming among older adults compared to US average

Promoting positive health outcomes

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Studied and disseminated for over 20 years

Since 1996, CDSMP and its affiliated programs have been the subject of numerous randomized, controlled studies all over the world. Those studies found that people who participate demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Improved exercise habits
  • Improved cognitive symptom management
  • Improved communication with physicians
  • Improved general health
  • Decreased health distress
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Decreased disability
  • Decreases social and role activity limitations
  • Fewer days in the hospital
  • Few outpatient visits and hospitalizations per year
  • Healthcare savings of approximately $364 per participant per year for a cost-to-savings ratio of approximately 1:4

 

What participants have said about Healthy U:

"My pain was my boss. It was telling me what I could and couldn't do. This workshop put me back in charge." - Sue

"The class helped me manage my diabetes better and my A1C is within normal limits now." - John

"I have learned there are people like me, not living life to the fullest because of a chronic condition, and that we can move forward." - Caroline

"After taking the workshop, I have since lost 25 pounds. I began exercising and eating healthier. My blood pressure now runs about 130/70. I feel great and have a lot more energy." - Sam

Refer to Healthy U!

Give your patients the tools to improve their life!

Healthy U workshops are available in 15 of Wyoming's 23 counties and more sites are always being added. Virtual workshops are offered on a rolling basis. 

The success of Healthy U is made possible in part thanks to partnerships with health care and social service providers all across Wyoming communities. We encourage providers to support their local programs, to educate their clients about workshop opportunities in their area, and to help people with chronic diseases develop the skills they need to play a more active and productive role in their health management.

To learn more about how you can connect your clients with local workshops or what you can do to help support Healthy U in your community, you can contact us at (307) 766-2765 or at healthyu@uwyo.edu.

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