Patient education classes are an important part of your experience at National Jewish Health. The classes will give you and your family the information and tools to manage your disease.

Plan to attend classes during your evaluation at National Jewish Health. The patient education classes are free for patients and family members.

Patient Education classes meet in the Patient Education Room A01b. The classroom is located in the basement across the hall from the main elevator.

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Patient Education Classes Temporarily Suspended – March 13

National Jewish Health is committed to the safety of our patients, staff and the community. Due to the concerns around COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending all patient education classes. We plan to resume these classes as soon as possible and thank you for your understanding.

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Monday


Stress Management and Relaxation

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

You will learn to identify how muscle tension and mental stress disrupt the breathing process. You will learn various techniques to assist in the relaxation process. These include diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization skills, and the therapeutic use of hobbies.

 


Tuesday


Understanding CPAP

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

This class will discuss why treating sleep apnea is important, address the most common challenges associated with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, and provide tools to improve comfort and success with treatment.

 

Understanding Your Lung Disease and Testing

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Understanding your lung disease is often helpful. COPD (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis). Bronchiectasis and Interstitial Lung Disease will be discussed. Common testing to evaluate chronic lung disease will also be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Tools for Fitness

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This class will review the exercise prescription. The benefits of aerobic exercises and how to overcome obstacles that may affect your exercise program will also be discussed.

 

What Makes Asthma Worse? (Adult and Pediatric Class)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What is happening in the lungs with asthma? What makes asthma worse? These questions will be discussed in this class. Irritants, allergens, infections, weather changes, exercise and gastroesophageal reflux will be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Living with Chronic Disease

2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

This class will discuss common feelings and issues when diagnosed with a chronic disease including lifestyle changes, emotional effects, self identity changes, & other psychosocial changes. This class will provide resources for living with a chronic disease and help manage this stage of life.

 

Your Weight, Your Way, Your Why

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (1st Tuesday of the month)

Most people know that a healthy diet and exercise help with weight loss, but actually making these behavior changes is difficult. This class tackles the challenge of behavior change and asks the deeper question of why you want to lose weight, even beyond health. We will explore a variety of topics including: nutrition, exercise, sleep, cravings, motivation, values, and habits to help you lose weight and live the life that you want to live.

 


Wednesday


On the Go With Oxygen

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

The benefits of oxygen therapy for people with chronic lung disease will be reviewed. Current oxygen equipment to enhance your quality of life, including traveling with oxygen will also be discussed.

 

Respiratory Medications

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Correct medication technique is important. Techniques to inhale medication correctly will be discussed and demonstrated in this class. Respiratory medications and common side effects will be reviewed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Nutrition and the Person With Lung Disease

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1st Wednesday of the month)

This class discusses current nutrition guidelines for heart health, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and anyone interested in heart health and their families. Topics covered include: lipid values, heart healthy foods and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides & blood pressure with diet.

 

Nutrition and Heart Health

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (2nd Wednesday)

This class discusses current nutrition guidelines for heart health, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and anyone interested in heart health and their families. Topics covered include: lipid values, heart healthy foods and lowering cholesterol, triglycerides & blood pressure with diet.

 

Learning About Atopic Dermatitis (Adult and Pediatric Class)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learn about the importance of “Soak and Seal” in this class. Avoidance of things that make atopic dermatitis worse, daily skin care and managing worsening symptoms will be discussed.

 


Thursday


Your Weight, Your Way, Your Why

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (1st Thursday of the month)

Most people know that a healthy diet and exercise help with weight loss, but actually making these behavior changes is difficult. This class tackles the challenge of behavior change and asks the deeper question of why you want to lose weight, even beyond health. We will explore a variety of topics including: nutrition, exercise, sleep, cravings, motivation, values, and habits to help you lose weight and live the life that you want to live.

 

Asthma Medications and Self Management (Adult and Pediatric Class)

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)

Correct medication technique is important. Asthma medications, side effects and correct techniques will be discussed. Monitoring asthma by assessing symptoms and using a peak flow meter with an Asthma Action Plan will also be discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Managing Your Lung Disease

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Topics reviewed in class include treatment goals, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding infections, medication, oxygen therapy, breathing retraining, & technique to bring up mucus. An action plan & advanced directives are also discussed.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Antibiotics for Mycobacterial and Other Lung Diseases

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

There are a variety of antibiotics that are used to treat mycobacterial disease. These medications and common side-effects will be discussed in this class.

 

All About Sleep Apnea

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This is a class for people with sleep apnea. The class will review the pathopysiology and symptoms of sleep apnea, as well as problems if left untreated. Treatment options, emphasizing CPAP therapy and tips/tricks for CPAP success will be discussed.

 


Friday


Intimacy and the Person with Lung Disease

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

This class describes human sexuality and the normal response to a sexual stimulus. Normal changes related to aging and problems related to chronic disease and respiratory conditions will be reviewed. Strategies to improve intimacy and sexual functioning will be discussed.

 

Tools for Giving-Up Smoking - Trying Again

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Second Friday every month)

If you're just thinking about giving up smoking or ready to set a quit date, this class is for you. This is an informative class that follows along with the Understanding Giving Up Smoking booklet. It will provide you with helpful, practical tools as you prepare to give up smoking.

***This class will not be held in the month of March 2020, check back later for upcoming dates.***

 

Diabetes Basics

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This class will address how you can take control of caring for diabetes. The interactive nature of the class will leave you feeling confident to recognize and treat low blood sugar, what foods have carbohydrates, and what causes your blood sugar to increase and decrease, as well as understand how diabetes medicines work.

 

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