Living a Healthy and Active Life
Living with Chronic Conditions

Leading a Healthy and Active Life


"I Am Not a Slave to My Illness"

Around 40 percent of the German population is affected by a chronic disease. Just making it through the day is a challenge, particularly for more severely ill patients. This is not only limited to medical and nursing tasks, but also lies in a lifestyle that generally promotes good health, including maintaining mental health. Patients cannot master such tasks without self-responsibility, health literacy, and the ability to self-manage.

In light of this, with the Leading a Healthy and Active Life program, the Foundation, in cooperation with the BARMER GEK health insurance company and the Swiss Careum Foundation, wants to introduce a tried-and-tested self-management program in Germany – the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). This program was developed by Professor Kate Lorig at Stanford University and adapted to the German-speaking world by the Careum Foundation.

A national office coordinating the introduction of CDSMP in Germany opened in August 2014 at the Hannover Medical School. The Selbsthilfekontaktstellen Bayern e.V. association and the Patientenuniversität at the Hannover Medical School are the first partners to implement the program.


Dr. Gabriele Seidel
Phone: +49 (0)511 532-8425

Contact at the Foundation

Susanne Melin
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-661
Katharina Klenk
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-132