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Embracing Goal-Setting with Action Planning in Daily Life

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Self-Management BC Offers Four Programs for BC Adults

​Self-Management BC currently offers four programs in the community to enable adults in BC to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to manage ongoing health conditions and to assist them in maintaining active and fulfilling lives. 

These evidence-based programs were initially developed and evaluated at Stanford University in California, and are currently implemented in various jurisdictions in Canada and more than 26 countries worldwide. They were introduced to BC more than two decades ago and have been delivered to over 40,000 participants across the province, including many living in Indigenous communities.

All four programs include action planning (setting of a shorter-term goal with a plan to achieve the goal), problem solving, decision making and dealing with difficult emotions. Each of the programs is open to BC adults living with one or multiple ongoing health conditions.

The programs currently available are:
  • The Better Choices, Better Health Online Self-Management Program: A web-based, 6-week program in which groups of about 25 people - all living with a variety of ongoing health conditions - participate together. 
  • The Self-Management Health Coach Program: A telephone-based coaching program that supports people living with chronic conditions to become better self-managers. Health coaches connect with participants by telephone, once a week for 30 minutes, for a period of three months. 
  • The Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program: An evidence-based program that includes all tools in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program* packaged into a one-time mailing. 
  • The Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program + Phone calls: Participants in this 6-week program receive the materials from the Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program and participate in a weekly 30-minute conference call with a program leader and three other participants. This program is available in English, Chinese or Punjabi. 

All 4 programs are free of charge and take place either online, by telephone, independently, or a combination. 

*The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is supported by the BC Ministry of Health and in May 2012 was named a leading practice program by the Health Council of Canada. 

For more information about any of the four programs, please email or call (tollfree) 1-866-902-3767. You can also learn more by visiting




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