Summit's FREE Health Education Classes Can Help You Learn to Live With Chronic Disease

Struggling With COPD, Heart Failure or Diabetes?

Receiving a diagnosis of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or diabetes is devastating, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. You may feel like your whole world has come to an abrupt halt and that those things you used to enjoy are now just memories.

While living with any one of these diseases is challenging, it is possible to lead a normal, active life. You can take control of your health by following a treatment plan that’s right for you. The success of your treatment depends on your active involvement in following the plan.

Treatment plans for these diseases may include a medication regimen, dietary changes, symptom alertness and weight monitoring.

Summit Medical Group offers a series of free health education classes taught by trained health educators and designed to help you better understand and manage your diagnosed chronic disease.

Classes include:

"Breathe Easier: Living with COPD"
COPD is progressive lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema and causes difficulty in breathing because less air is able to get into and out of the lungs. Summit’s free COPD education classes are offered for patients and family members in Fountain City, Lenoir City, Greeneville, Sevierville, Jefferson City, West Knoxville and LaFollette. Class content includes information about smoking cessation; maintaining a healthy weight and diet; exercise tips; stress management; avoiding lung irritants; and medication maintenance.

"Heart Failure: Recognizing Changes"
Heart failure is a progressive condition, also known as cardiovascular disease. It is the most common disease in people over the age of 65 and is the No. 1 killer of adults. Summit’s free heart failure education classes are offered for patients and family members in Fountain City, Lenoir City, Greeneville, Sevierville, Jefferson City, West Knoxville and LaFollette. Class content includes dietary changes; weight control; recognizing and understanding symptoms; and medication management.

"Living with Diabetes: Putting the Pieces Together"
Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which too much sugar accumulates in the blood. Summit’s free diabetes education classes are offered for patients and family members in Maryville, Jefferson City, Sevierville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Strawberry Plains, Greeneville, LaFollette and in several locations in Knoxville. Classes focus on nutrition skills, blood sugar pattern management, and setting goals for lifestyle management. In addition, a free support group for additional coaching and resources is offered the fourth Thursday of every third month from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the Atrium Building/Summit Corporate Office, Weisgarber Road, Knoxville.

Follow-up calls and further coaching, as needed, are provided after class completion. For more information and a complete schedule of upcoming classes, call (865) 212-2281.

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About Summit’s Health Education Program

Summit’s Health Education Program facilitates learning of self-management skills, guiding patients in the formation of action-oriented goals and encouraging collaboration with a healthcare team to promote patient involvement in improving health outcomes. The Health Education Program achieves these goals through group classes that educate and empower patients using evidence-based guidelines for disease management, prevention and general wellness.