You’re in Charge: Living Well with Chronic Conditions Conference

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2005

Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON, VT – Vermont Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD will welcome former UVM basketball coach Tom Brennan and about 200 Vermonters this Saturday to a conference to help people who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or cancer to improve their health and quality of life.

You’re in Charge: Living Well with Chronic Conditions will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Burlington, starting with a walk along the waterfront at 8:30 a.m., registration and continental breakfast until 9:30 a.m. Conference sessions then begin with a welcome by Commissioner Jarris and keynote by Coach Brennan on becoming an effective team member.

“More than half of all Vermonters have at least one chronic health condition,” said Dr. Jarris. “This will be a great opportunity for people in this situation and their health care providers to get both practical tools and practice skills necessary to live well with chronic conditions.”

Participants can choose from a variety of workshops, including effective patient-provider communication, self-management of chronic pain, everyday physical activity, evaluation medications, the diet-disease connection, nutrition for reliable internet research, and healthy spring recipes — plus a lunchtime panel discussion about life and health care experiences of Vermonters with chronic conditions.

There’s still time to register for the conference online by visiting the Health Department’s website at, where you can find the full day’s agenda — or by calling 802-863-7341. The conference is free for people with chronic conditions and their families, and $35 for health care professionals and others. You may also register on Saturday at the conference.

This conference is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Chapters of the American heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association, and supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.