Evidence-Based Workshops

Healthy U

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) offers Evidence-Based (EB) programs to the community which improves the quality of life for those living with chronic conditions.  EB programs are interventions based on the application of principles of scientific reasoning, behavior change theory, and program planning that are proven effective in reducing the risk of disease, disability, and injury among participants.  These programs are offered in a workshop series format.

With funding from The Ohio Department of Aging, COAAA is able to offer 2 EB programs on a limited basis.

If you have a health condition that impacts your everyday life the Chronic Disease Self Management Program, Healthy U, may be for you.

Healthy U is a six-session workshop that has been proven to help people with:
Diabetes – Asthma – Arthritis - Heart Disease and other life long conditions. In six 2 ½ hour sessions you will learn how to:

  • Communicate with your doctor
  • Discover ways to be more physically active
  • Relax
  • Deal with negative emotions
  • Manage your symptoms
  • Improve communication skills
  • Eat well and 
  • Set goals

The second program is A Matter of Balance (MOB).  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those 65 and over.  The CDC confirms that $19.2 billion is spent annually on treating older adults for the adverse effects of falls. This is an economic issue for all of us! Many falls are often preventable and workshops like MOB can be effective in the management of falls.  This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity level of older adults who have this concern. During a series of eight 2-hour sessions, participants learn to:

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable
  • Set realistic goals for increasing activity
  • Recognize fall risk factors and
  • Promote exercise to increase strength and balance

A testimonial from an Assisted Living:

After the MOB class was offered, the Activity Director called to say that ‘they all really enjoyed the Matter of Balance classes.  Attendance in my exercise program has increased by 8‑10 new people as a direct result of the classes and  the program has made a difference to the older adults who attended.  Just thought you'd like to know!’  A year later folks are still participating in the exercise class.

Upcoming Healthy U workshops

Upcoming Matter of Balance workshops

If you’d like more information on these workshops please contact:
Jane Acri, LSW  at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging
614-645-3866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.