Take part in the February workshops on healthy lifestyles

REGION – Healthy Living for ME has announced the organization’s February workshop schedule for Mainers. Available statewide, with in-person, virtual, and telephone options, workshops address a variety of health needs such as diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, and many other chronic or ongoing conditions. Workshops are free and inexpensive and are open to adult Mainers of all ages.

“Attending one of the Healthy Living for ME workshops can be a great way for people to add education, activity, and even socialization to their winter. With virtual and telephone options available, people from all corners of Maine have the opportunity to join our workshops,” said Katherine Mills, Healthy Living for ME Program Coordinator. “We are always happy to speak with Mainers and answer any questions you may have – give us a call or email if you would like more information or register for a workshop.”

Many Healthy Living for ME workshops are free to attendees, while others have a low cost. For virtual workshops, participants who do not have the necessary technology may be eligible to borrow an iPad from Healthy Living for ME in order to participate.

The workshops that Healthy Living for ME launched in February are:

Better health now with pain takes place over the phone. The February session is due to start on February 1. Participants in this workshop receive a toolkit by mail and work with a facilitator, either alone or in small groups. Topics include Pacing and Scheduling, Medication Management, and the Moving Easy Program.

Live well for better health will have three sessions available. All will take place virtually with weekly classes; the first begins on Wednesday February 2, the second begins on Tuesday February 15 and the third begins on Thursday February 24. The workshop helps participants cope with lifelong conditions such as diabetes, COPD, arthritis and high blood pressure. Topics covered include: managing frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance; appropriate use of medications; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; and the evaluation of new treatments.

Tai Chi for health and balance will have two sessions available. The first will be held in person at SeniorsPlus in Lewiston on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting February 8 and the second will be held virtually on Mondays and Thursdays starting February 28. This workshop focuses on the practice of Tai Chi, which can help you improve your balance and health as well as relieve pain.

Living well with chronic pain will be held virtually on Tuesdays from February 8 to March 15. This workshop is designed for people struggling with persistent pain such as back pain, post-surgical pain, headaches and other persistent pain. Topics include: dealing with frustration, fatigue, isolation and lack of sleep; appropriate exercise to maintain and improve strength; appropriate use of medications; communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; pace activity and rest; and the evaluation of new treatments.

Better health now takes place over the phone. The February session is due to start on February 9. Participants in this workshop receive a toolkit by mail and work with a facilitator, either alone or in small groups. Topics covered include: Managing frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation; proper exercise; appropriate use of medications, effective communication with family, friends and healthcare professionals; nutrition; and the evaluation of new treatments.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program takes place virtually and will begin on February 22. This is not a diet or exercise class, but a program led by a certified lifestyle coach who provides free health coaching to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn to apply practical strategies to stay motivated, manage stress, prepare food and avoid negative thoughts. Participants attend 16 weekly sessions followed by sessions every two weeks for the remainder of the one-year program. In addition, our dietitian will be available to support program participants.

Registration is required for these workshops. Please contact Healthy Living for ME at 1-800-620-6036 or [email protected] for more information and to register. You can also register through our website, www.healthylivingforme.org.

Healthy Living for ME also welcomes referrals from healthcare providers. Our evidence-based programming can help patients manage and prevent conditions before they worsen or lead to emergencies.

To learn more about these and other workshops offered by Healthy Living for ME, visit www.healthylivingforme.org.

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