Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition to be released June 1, 2012!

Every chapter has been extensively revised and updated—over one third of the material is new to the 4th edition. The new table of contents below notes major changes in green.

  • U.S. 4th edition release date: June 1, 2012
  • Canadian 4th edition release date: January 1, 2013
  • Spanish and French 4th edition release dates: June 1, 2013
  • List Price: $18.95 (same prices and discounts as the 3rd edition)
  • Changes to the new edition:
    The 4th edition of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest research and the experiences of thousands of workshop participants.
  • How do I implement changes to the workshop when I was trained using an older edition of the book?
    You can contact the Stanford Patient Education Research Center for more information about transitioning to the new edition. Their web address is  It is the AZ Living Well Institute’s understanding that there will also be a new edition of the Leader Manual that will coincide with the new edition of the book.  We will continue to work to bring you the most current information.
  • Can I pre-order the 4th edition?
    Bull Publishing will begin taking orders for the 4th edition on March 1, 2012. We can bill you upon shipment of the books in June, or if you prefer, you can prepay when you order.
  • How long can I continue using the 3rd edition, and receiving credit for returns?
    So you can transition to the 4th edition when it makes most sense for your program, we will keep the 3rd edition in print and available for one year after the publication of the 4th edition. You will be able to return unused copies of the 3rd edition for full credit for 12 months after the publication of each version of the 4th edition.

Table of Contents — 4th edition

Chapter 4th edition What’s Changed
1 Overview of Self-Management
2 Becoming an Active Self-Manager
3 Finding Resources
4 Understanding and Managing Common Symptoms
5 Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms
6 Exercise and Physical Activity for Every Body Formerly titled, Exercising for Fun and Fitness
7 Exercise for Flexibility, Strength and Balance: Making Life Easier Formerly titled, Exercising for Flexibility and Strength: Warm-Up / Cool-Down
8 Exercising for Endurance: Aerobic Activities Former Chapter 9, Exercising Tips for People with Specific Chronic Illnesses, has been integrated into the disease-specific Chapters 15–18
9 Communication with Family, Friends and Health Care Professionals Formerly titled, Communication
10 Sex and Intimacy Former Chapter 12, Making Your Wishes Known: Advance Directives for Health Care, has been integrated into Chapter 19, Planning for the Future
11 Healthy Eating Completely rewritten
12 Healthy Weight Management New chapter
13 Managing Your Medicines
14 Making Treatment Decisions
15 Managing Chronic Lung Disease Completely rewritten
16 Managing Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure Completely rewritten
17 Managing Arthritis Completely rewritten
18 Managing Diabetes Completely rewritten
19 Planning for the Future: Fears and Reality Now includes material from former Chapter 12, Making Your Wishes Known

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