Healthy U workshop offers tools to help control diabetes

HealthyU Diabetes

The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, offers a free six-week interactive Healthy U Diabetes workshop from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 27 through April 3 at Shawnee Springs, 400 Kristina Drive in Bellefontaine.

Lunch also will be served from 11 a.m. to noon for those who wish to join this congregate meal site funded by the Older Americans Act in partnership with LifeCare Alliance. The workshop is open to adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes, and/or their caregivers.

Everyone who completes the course receives the companion textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and a relaxation CD.

Managing diabetes is a challenge every day. There are many variables to consider, including food, exercise, stress, other health issues. Keeping blood sugar levels in the desired range is a constant balancing act that requires both good medical care and effective self-management — knowing what makes your blood sugar rise and fall and how to control these day-to-day factors.

The Area Agency on Aging offers Healthy U workshops to help people develop the skills and coping strategies needed to manage their diabetes.

Workshop topics include healthier eating; exploring ways to be more physically active; practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue, and depression; improved communication with doctors and family about your health; and finding ways to relax and deal with stress.

Participants develop skills and coping strategies to manage their symptoms through action planning, interactive learning, problemsolving, decision-making, and social support.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required by contacting Barbara Rose at (937) 592-0912 or