During National Diabetes Month, Healthy Living for ME encourages Mainers to take advantage of the programs and resources it offers to help people prevent and manage the disease.

More than 10% of Maine’s population has diabetes, and another 8% of Maine’s adults are aware they are pre-diabetic, according to a news release from the statewide network. Nationally, over 30 million people have diabetes.

“National Diabetes Month is an opportunity to bring awareness to the prevalence of diabetes as well as to the opportunities available for preventing and managing the disease,” said Jennifer Fortin, training and fidelity Manager of Healthy Living for ME, according to the news release. “Our workshops and other resources can help Mainers who have diabetes learn strategies for better management of the disease, as well as help those who are pre-diabetic make lifestyle changes and lower their risk for developing diabetes. We have heard from many participants — including a member of our leadership team who took the prevention program — about how these workshops help people get on the right track with their health and wellness.”

Healthy Living for ME has online, in-person, and telephonic workshops available to help people prevent or manage diabetes.

The workshops are free, but do require registration. To register, visit healthylivingforme.org, call 800-620-6036, or email [email protected].

Upcoming workshops include:

• Living Well with Diabetes begins Tuesday, Nov. 9, and runs through Dec. 14. Workshop sessions are held online once a week from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is designed to help people with type 2 diabetes and individuals who are pre-diabetic, supports those managing diabetes, and covers topics such as: techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating, appropriate use of medication; and working with healthcare providers.

Another Living Well with Diabetes workshop is scheduled to begin on Jan. 6; registration is now open for these workshop dates as well.

• Living Well for Better Health begins Tuesday, Nov. 23, and runs through Dec. 28. Workshop sessions are held online once a week from 9 to 11 a.m.

This program is designed to help participants deal with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis and high blood pressure. Some topics covered include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Another Living Well for Better Health workshop is scheduled to begin on Jan. 4; registration is now open for these workshop dates as well.

Throughout the year, Healthy Living for ME offers other workshops online, in-person, and via telephone. These include Better Health Now with Diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

To learn more about these workshops, and the many others that Healthy Living for ME offers, visit healthylivingforme.org.


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