Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The High Country Area Agency on Aging promotes health and wellness for older adults through providing a portfolio of evidence-based health promotion programs and interventions. The programs selected are based on scientific evidence, which have been rigorously tested and proven to provide positive health results for participants. Classes are fun, empowering, provide peer support and will help you achieve better health.

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."

-George Burns

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Living Healthy: Chronic Disease Self Management

Living Healthy is a six week program is for individuals living with a chronic condition. It emphasizes empowerment and personal control over one's health care and encourages confidence and motivation for participants, teaching them how to be active in their own healthcare. Living Healthy provides a network of support to help guide you to better management of your personal health.

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Living Healthy with Diabetes: Diabetes Self Management Program

Living Healthy with Diabetes is a six week program is designed to help you improve the management of your diabetes. This class uses a support group model to explore strategies for self-management. Learn to manage diabetes symptoms, eat healthy and get more out of life!

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

A Matter of Balance is an eight week program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as manageable through group discussions, peer support and skill building. They set realistic goals to increase activities, learn to control their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase their strength and balance.

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Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention

The Tai Chi for Health Institute's specific Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention course is proven to help reduce falls by improving balance, stamina and awareness. It is also proven to reduce the symptoms of arthritis!

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Walk with Ease

Developed by leading experts, Walk with Ease is evidence-based, proven to help people with arthritis or other related conditions reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace, and improve overall health.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

The AF Exercise Program helps participants improve their fitness level by increasing flexibility, strength and endurance, while protecting their joints from stress and strain. Music and rhythm accompany exercise techniques, which invigorate the body, and stimulate the mind.


Upcoming classes can be found on our Events page, Facebook and through Healthy Aging NC.

Additional resources for health and wellness can be found on our Information and Assistance page.

For additional information on any of the Evidence Base Health Promotion classes, contact Amber Chapman at or 828-265-5434 ext. 113.