Living Well with Chronic Conditions

A Six-Week Workshop

Living Well with Chronic Conditions (the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program or CDSMP) is a six-week workshop that provides tools for living a healthy life with chronic physical and mental health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, depression, 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.

Chronic Disease Self-Management programs supported by the Tennessee Department of Health include the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop, the Take Charge of Your Diabetes program, a workshop for people with diabetes, and Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshop for those affected by cancer.  


Living Well workshops are now available in many counties in Tennessee.

Get Involved

There are more than 300 Living Well Leaders in Tennessee and more than 16 Master Trainers.
All Leaders and Master Trainers must complete a full 4-day training to become certified as a Leader.
Participants must attend the full training and facilitate a program to become a Leader.
Two trained Leaders are required to lead chronic disease self-management programs.


The Tennessee Living Well with Chronic Conditions Program has a variety of resources for local Living Well with Chronic Conditions programs, including an Implementation Guide, marketing and recruitment resources, quality assurance and fidelity monitoring tools, presentations, and data collection forms.

The University of Tennessee - Extension is a contracted partner.  Information concerning the workshops can be obtained at their website


Data and Publications

View Living Well with Chronic Conditions statewide data and most current data reports by county.