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PEER LEADER SUPPORT BLOG


The NSM Self Management Team has created this blog with the intention of providing ongoing support to our peer-leaders and program participants. Since teaching, learning and practicing self-management does not end when participants graduate from the 6-week course, it is important to find motivation every day. Visit this site frequently for supporting words, tools and resources.

  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Diseases

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Jan 15, 2015
    We love this Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions clip! 
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  • Using Empathy in Workshops

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Jan 05, 2015
    We think this video is a great reminder of using empathy over sympathy in everyday life; especially while generously volunteering your time as a peer-leader.

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  • Understanding Pain

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Jan 02, 2015
    This video takes a look at the differences between chronic pain and acute pain, and the lifestyle changes that can be made that will allow you to live a healthy life with chronic pain. It is a great summary of the contents of the Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Pain workshop for those of you looking to encourage a friend to sign-up for a course.

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  • 90:10 Dr. Mike Evans Discusses Stress

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Dec 29, 2014

    Dr. Mike Evans follows up his viral health video "23 and 1/2 Hours" with this informative and practical video on managing stress. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. We hope this video can be used as a reminder of how we create the stress in our brain, and ways to manage this stress through daily practice.



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  • Volunteering is a win-win for all!

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Dec 29, 2014
    There is no "I" in Team, but we sure are glad there is "U" in volunteer!

    As a Peer Leader or Master Trainer you are familiar with the assumptions that are stated by the University of Victoria Self Management programs:

    • People with chronic conditions have similar concerns and challenges
    • People with chronic conditions must deal not only with their own disease process, but also with the impact on their lives and emotions
    • Lay people with chronic conditions, when given a detailed leader's manual, can teach the self management workshops as effectively, if not more effectively, than health professionals
    • The process or the way the workshops are taught is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter that is taught
    Research shows that when Chronic Disease Self Management workshops are delivered by volunteers (lay tutors who themselves have a chronic disease), it also leads to volunteer well-being. Being a volunteer lay-leader is shown to be an enjoyable and valuable experience despite the challenges associated with course delivery, such as organizational demands and managing the diverse needs of mixed groups of chronic disease participants that led to a tension between disease-specific needs and the generic approach of the course. Research shows that being valued and adding value to the lives of others are key benefits of being a volunteer, along with increased confidence that you are doing something positive for others. Course delivery prompts the initiation and maintenance of tutor's own self-management behaviours1.

    Volunteering is a win-win for all!

    1 Barlow, J.H., Bancroft, G.V., & Turner, A.P. (2005). Volunteer, lay tutors' experiences of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Course: Being valued and adding value. Health Education & Research, 20(2), 128-136.

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  • Looking for Motivation? Dr. Mike Evans describes the single best thing we can do for our health.

    by Christa Heigenhauser | Dec 29, 2014
    A Doctor-Professor answers the old question "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. Watch this video for some inspiration to stay on track with your daily goals!


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