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Living Well in Washington State

Resources for Healthy Aging and Evidence Based Programs


Walking is a great way to manage chronic conditions including chronic pain, depression, and diabetes.


Self-management classes provide the tools, skills, and support needed to make lasting lifestyle and behavior changes. Classes build an attendee's confidence in managing their chronic health. Disease self-management teaches individuals strategies for identifying challenges and solving problems associated with their illness(es).

What is "evidence-based"?

A program is considered evidence-based when:

  • Evaluation research shows that the program produces the expected positive results;
  • The results can be attributed to the program itself, rather than to other extraneous factors or events;
  • The evaluation is peer-reviewed by experts in the field; and
  • The program is “endorsed” by a federal agency or respected research organization and included in their list of effective programs.

Evidence-based programs are programs that have been rigorously tested in controlled settings, proven effective, and translated into practical models. When participate in an evidence-based program, you can be confident you’re taking a program that works and is highly likely to improve your health. Evidence-Based Leadership Council



Chronic Disease Facts

  • Half of all adults in the U.S. live with at least one chronic disease
  • Of those age 65+, 80% have multiple chronic conditions
  • Over 55% of people (all ages) in Washington State have at least one chronic disease
  • 31% of adults in the U.S. have 2 or more chronic diseases
  • About 22% of people (all ages) in Washington State have 2 or more chronic diseases
  • Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability
  • 1 in 4 Americans age 65+ fall every year
  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all yearly deaths.
  • Obesity, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer, costs the U.S. $147 billion annually in 2008 dollars.6 By 2030, medical costs associated with obesity are expected to increase by at least $48 billion annually (as of 2008)







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