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‘Healthy U’ to help people living with diabetes

September 8, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Urban Mission Ministries has received a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health to implement a free community education diabetes program called "Healthy U."

The program is designed to teach people who have diabetes or are living with someone with diabetes how to treat and control the disease, according to Sharon Kirtdoll, community developer, Neighborhood Community Development, Urban Mission Ministries.

The program will consist of a series of workshops to help individuals better manage the impact of diabetes in their life with the "Healthy-U" program evidence-based and proven to positively influence the course of chronic conditions, according to Kirtdoll.

Three workshops begin next week with two focusing on diabetes, the other on any type of chronic illness. The workshops are held once a week for six weeks and are free and open to the public. Conducted by community educators, the classes are being held throughout the community and are open to anyone living in Ohio.

The diabetes class schedule includes Monday, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 at Greater Zion Temple Church, 500 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, with Tammy Gregory and Judy Owings of Prime Time Office on Aging facilitating the classes being held on those dates from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The diabetes class schedule also includes sessions at Eastern Gateway Community College's Pugliese Training Center, beginning Wednesday and continuing Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Barbara Fisher and Area Office on Aging, Region 9 educators will be the presenters.

The chronic disease self-management program, a small group workshop that will meet two and a half hours once a week for six weeks, will be held at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, beginning Sept. 17 and continuing on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register for this class, contact Joe Loizzo at (740) 283-3771, asking for the health department.

This program will offer participants practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and depression; ways to be more physically active; information on how to eat better and how to communicate more effectively with doctors and family members regarding health matters; how to set personal goals; and how to relax and deal with stress.

For information, call Jackie Gibson, diabetic manager, at (740) 264-9763 or Kirtdoll at (740) 282-8010.

Next year's classes will begin in January and continue through July with schedules to be announced. Lad leaders for the "Healthy-U" diabetic program will be trained in October.

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