Tomando Control de su Salud


You do not need to give up the things you love to be able to live a healtier life!

Maybe it’s arthritis. Or high blood pressure. Or even cancer, depression or COPD. Your doctor told you what to call your condition – but it’s been up to you to figure out how to live with it . . . everyday. Over 80% of older adults in the U.S. have at least one on-going health condition. That’s a lot of people with the same questions you have.

6 weeks. 15 hours. Feel better and do more.

Decades of research – and thousands of people – have found that Tomando Control de su Salud lives up to its promise. With the simple skills and the new habits you build, you can take better control of your health – and get back to doing what matters most.  

What is Tomando Control de su Salud?

A proven program to improve health and wellbeing for people with long-term (chronic) health conditions. Learn and share with others. 

Tomando Control de su Salud is a high-level evidence-based workshop for people with on‐going health problems such as arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, and others. It’s offered in both English and Spanish throughout Wisconsin. It meets for 2½ hours, once a week, for six weeks in a community setting. The workshop provides participants with new concepts and tools to better navigate life’s “ups and downs” and increase their health knowledge. Research confirms that participants experience significant, measurable health improvements and quality of life. The small group (10-12 people) is highly participative. The group gives each other mutual support, shares and helps each other in similar struggles with the disease. In addition, the workshops strengthen the trust between the participants so that they can manage their health condition and maintain a more active and profitable lifestyle. A workshop to help you improve your health – step by step.

The Tomando Control de su Salud workshops use an action-based approach. Each week, try ideas and skills to find answers that work in your own life. The results? An individualized plan and a new sense of control over your health and your life. 

Is it for me?

Understand what you can do to have a positive impact on your health.  Meet others facing similar challenges. Feel more in control.
Workshops are best for any adult who:

  • Has, or lives with someone who has, one or more chronic condition(s).

This program does not replace existing treatments but serves to complement a participant’s current medical treatment plan.

The Research

Tomando Control de su Salud has been researched and proven to:

  • Reduce average Emergency Department (ED) visits by 27% in the first six months following the intervention; and by 21% in first twelve months following the intervention.

  • Reduce the average number of hospitalizations by 22% in first six months post intervention.

Learn more about the research behind Tomando Control de su Salud:

  • Lorig K, González VM: Community-based diabetes self-management education: definition and case study. Diabetes Spectrum 2000;13(4):234-238. View article

  • Lorig, KR, Ritter PL, González VM. Hispanic chronic disease self-management. A randomized community-based outcome trial. Nurs Res 2003;52(6):361-369. View abstract

  • Lorig K, Ritter P, Jacquez A. Outcomes of border health Spanish/English chronic disease self-management programs. Diabetes Educ 2005;31(3):401-409. View abstract

What Participants Say

“By us sharing our experiences and being able to connect participants with health care providers that have helps us in the past. We are always sharing with others and helping get other people involved in these programs because we know it can help them”

Jim Coffman, Vilas County

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