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      Free workshop for people with diabetes

      The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) is offering free diabetes workshops in Menominee and Escanaba.

      The workshops are free and open to adults ages 18 and over who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. It's a 6-week program, and each group usually has 10-15 people enrolled. It is taught by two facilitators who have been trained by UPCAP. Tonya Lafave, a registered dietician with UPCAP, says, "People learn to manage stress. They learn to communicate better, they learn healthy eating, meal planning, reading labels, learning how to count carbohydrates. They learn how physical activity or exercise can help manage their blood sugars."

      The Diabetes-PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 Diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms. As a result, participants will be better equipped to face the daily challenge of living with diabetes.

      Topics will include: how to deal with symptoms of fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and emotional problems, such as depression, anger, fear and frustration. It will also discuss appropriate use of medication and working more effectively with health care providers. Participants will be encouraged to make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

      The Menominee Public Library begins the program on Tuesday, August 20 and ends on September 24. It will meet each Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (CST) for six weeks.

      The workshop in Escanaba will be held on Mondays beginning September 9 and running through October 14, from 6 until 8:30 p.m., to be held at UPCAP's office located at 2501 14th Avenue South, Escanaba.

      The workshops will consist of lectures. There will be no physical activity involved in the workshops.

      Pre-registration is required. Caregivers are encouraged to attend.

      You can register by calling UPCAP at 786-4701 or simply dial 2-1-1. You can also visit their website at www.upcap.org.

      Programs at both locations are free.