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First Tomando Control de su Salud (Taking Control of Your Health) Class in Santa Barbara County Graduates

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care hosts six-week class developed by Stanford Department of Medicine to help local Spanish-speaking community with chronic conditions.


Santa Barbara County’s first Tomando Control de su Salud (Taking Control of Your Health) graduating class received certificates at their final class. The six-week class led by master trainers Reginaldo Salcedo and Bea Molina of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care was developed by Stanford’s Department of Medicine to help Spanish-speakers with chronic conditions better manage their health.

Santa Barbara, CA, August 26, 2015— Santa Barbara County’s first Tomando Control de su Salud (Taking Control of Your Health) graduating class received certificates at their final class on August 19 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. A total of 18 people participated in the free six-week class designed for people who speak Spanish as their primary language and have one or more chronic health conditions. The weekly workshops are run by Bea Molina and Reginaldo Salcedo – Santa Barbara County’s only certified master trainers of the Tomando program. Each workshop runs once a week for two and half hours and covers whole body wellness topics such as:

Healthy eating
Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
Appropriate use of medications and the health care system
Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
Better breathing and relaxation techniques
How to evaluate new treatments
Addressing the physical and psychological effects of chronic disease (like fatigue, pain, and frustration)

The program allows participants to learn from others with similar experiences and realize that they are not alone. The language barrier can make it difficult for Spanish speakers to gain advice on how to cope with illness. Offering the class in Spanish helps provide a better understanding of how to manage their health and build confidence. After the six-week class, participants leave with new connections to fellow participants and typically report better sleep, more energy, and fewer hospital visits.

Tomando Control de su Salud is part of the Santa Barbara Collaborative for Healthier Living and is done in partnership with Mental Wellness Center, Partners in Care Foundation, and Sansum Clinic. Funding is partially from the Towbes Group. The program – Tomando Control de su Salud (Taking Control of Your Health) – was developed by Stanford’s Department of Medicine.

Registration is open for the fall class session, which runs each Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 – Nov. 18 at Visiting Nurse &Hospice Care’s community room located at 602 E. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, Calif. To sign up or learn more, please contact Bea Molina at 805-689-5170 or Reginaldo Salcedo at 805-570-9210.
About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area, and Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys, VNHCprovides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents. For more information on Visiting Nurse& Hospice Care, visit or call (805) 965-5555.


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