About Self-Management Workshops

GrowWell’s Self-Management Workshops will help you take charge of your health by learning improved communication, disease knowledge, action planning, decision making, and problem-solving skills. We provide free group health education and disease management workshops for caregivers and individuals who have a chronic condition, such as diabetes or cancer.

There are programs currently available in Benton, Chester, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lauderdale, McNairy and Obion Counties. See the events page or contact your local UT Extension Agent below to sign up for the next class!

Available Workshops

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

This evidence-based program was developed by researchers at Stanford University Patient Education Center. The Living Well with Chronic Conditions program (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, obesity, lung disease, asthma and heart disease. Through weekly sessions, the workshop provides support for continuing normal daily activities and dealing with the emotions that chronic conditions may bring about.

Offered in: Henry County

Take Charge of Your Diabetes

This evidence-based program developed by Stanford University Patient Education Research Center (Diabetes Self-Management Program) is a fun, skill-building program designed for persons with diabetes. The program helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for their diabetes care. Participants gain skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with their healthcare professionals. Funding to support the program is provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Offered in: Crockett, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lauderdale, McNairy, and Obion Counties

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidenced-based program developed by Dr. Paul Lam to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The program uses Sun-style Tai Chi – one of the four major recognized ancient Chinese styles of Tai Chi. Sun-style may be particularly effective for people with arthritis because it includes agile steps and exercises which improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. In addition, the movements have higher stances, making it easier and more comfortable to learn.

Tai Chi is offered in one-hour sessions that meet one to two times per week for eight weeks.

Offered in: Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Hardin and Obion Counties


Power U

Power U is a five lesson curriculum taught in fourth and fifth grade classrooms. The curriculum is designed to teach young children about healthy choices and to address the behaviors among children believed to be the cause of excess weight gain.

The curriculum also assists Tennessee schools in meeting the State Health Education Standards.

Offered in:

Meet the Staff

  • Heather Smith
    Benton County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 584-4601

  • LY

    Lacey Yeley
    Carroll County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 986-1976

  • Rebecca Seratt
    Chester County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 989-2103

  • Sarah Poole
    Crockett County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 696-2412

  • CM

    Charlotte Moore
    Decatur County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 852-2831

  • KN

    Katelynn Newsome
    Dyer County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 286-7821

  • Barbara Berry
    Gibson County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 855-7656

  • Katie Dees
    Hardeman County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 658-2421

  • Sondra Ganus-Thorne
    Hardin County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 925-3441

  • Tennille Short
    Haywood County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 772-2861

  • BN

    Betty Neilson
    Henderson County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 968-5266

  • Michelle Atkins
    Henry County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 642-2941

  • LK

    Lynne Knight
    Lauderdale County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 253-6528

  • Rachel Erwin
    Lauderdale County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 635-9551

  • Schancey Chapman
    McNairy County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 645-3598

  • Benita Giffin
    Obion County

    UT Extension Agent

    (731) 885-3742