WATERBURY — Tufts Health Plan Foundation has announced a $10,000 momentum fund mini-grant to the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.

This fund is to expand the Live Well with Diabetes workshops to five communities. Connections to Live Well Together will target Naugatuck, Watertown, Thomaston, Torrington and Winsted.

WCAAA’s goal is to offer 10 diabetes workshops in these towns, including senior centers, libraries, health centers, congregate housing and places of worship.

The free, six-week Live Well with Diabetes workshops are targetted for people with prediabetes or diabetes and/or their family member or caregiver.

The interactive groups have about eight to 16 participants and are led by two trained leaders.

The workshops will cover topics including healthy eating, avoiding complications, monitoring blood sugar, stress management, physical activity, communication techniques and weekly action plans.

The momentum fund grant provides all participants with a free book and those who attend at least four of the six weeks will get a $25 gift card.

Host sites will also receive a $100 host stipend.

 

Forty grants, totaling nearly $400,000 were awarded to community organizations and this is the first year Connecticut nonprofits will receive momentum fund mini-grants.

“These mini-grants make it possible for organizations to build on community insights,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan.  

The momentum fund is supporting 10 projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. All are community-led, address healthy aging and include older people in the planning and implementation process. 

Those seeking additional information may call Debby Horowitz, Live Well regional coordinator at 203-757-5449, ext. 125, or email ordhorowitz@wcaaa.org.

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