Healthy Living for ME will host workshops virtually and via phone focused on assisting state residents living with diabetes and/or other chronic conditions, including pain.

“Improving management of chronic conditions through lifestyle changes and management strategies can really make a difference in a person’s overall quality of life,” said Training Manager Jen Paquet at Healthy Living for ME.

“With these statewide programs, our goal is to improve the overall wellness of Mainers by helping individuals address their unique needs and better manage their own health.”

Upcoming workshops available statewide through Healthy Living for ME include:

Living Well with Diabetes

This workshop is conducted virtually and has other attendance options beginning Oct. 12.

Living Well with Diabetes is designed to help those with type 2 diabetes or who are pre-diabetic to learn how to live healthy. Topics include: techniques to deal with 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.

Better Health Now with Diabetes

This workshop provides educational benefits of the Living Well with Diabetes workshop, but participants will receive a free mail order toolkit and work with a leader on the workshop materials via phone or Zoom, either individually or in small groups.

Better Health Now with Diabetes workshops are available beginning Nov. 10.

Living Well with Pain

This workshop is conducted virtually and has other attendance options beginning Oct. 18.

This workshop is designed for those dealing with persistent pain such as back pain, post-surgical pain, headaches and other pain that lasts for more than three months, despite treatments.

Topics covered during the workshop include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends and health professionals; nutrition; pacing activity and rest; and how to evaluate new treatments.

Better Health Now with Pain

This workshop provides the educational benefits of the Living Well with Pain workshop, but participants will receive a free mail order toolkit and work with a leader on the workshop materials via phone or Zoom, either individually or in small groups.

Better Health Now with Pain workshops are available beginning Nov. 2.

Mainers who want to participate in a workshop but do not have access to the technology may be eligible to borrow an iPad through Healthy Living for ME.

These workshops are free to any adult Mainer dealing with chronic conditions or diabetes, or their caregivers, but advance registration is required. Contact Healthy Living for ME at 1-800-620-6036 or info@healthylivingforme.org for more information and to register. Register at healthylivingforme.org.

Healthy Living for ME allows referrals from healthcare providers.

To learn more about these and other workshops offered by Healthy Living for ME, visit healthylivingforme.org. Healthy Living for ME is a network of local organizations, health systems and volunteers that aid individuals in taking control of their health.