SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug District Department of Health and the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging will offer a free, six-week Live Well With Diabetes workshop for adults with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes in the comfort of their home without having to use technology beyond the telephone.

A new group starts from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 7, and ends on January 11, 2022. Each week, a trained Live Well leader will facilitate the one-hour group phone calls to help enhance the experience and to alleviate social isolation during this time.

Participants will learn about healthy eating, high and low blood sugar, being active, sick day guidelines, tips for dealing with stress, foot care, making weekly action plans and how to set small and achievable goals.

They will be mailed a toolkit at no cost consisting of the book Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, an instruction booklet and an exercise CD.

The toll free WCAAA conference call line will be used to connect the group. 

Those who complete the workshop will be given a $25 grocery gift card, thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Class size is limited to six adults and preregistration is required. Participants must be willing to share their name, address and phone number so the toolkit can be mailed directly to them.

Registration may be had by calling the Pomperaug District Department of Health 203-264-9616, ext. 2.

This program is sponsored by the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, State Unit on Aging and state Department of Public Health through grants from the Administration on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pomperaug District Department of Health. Support is also provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Live Well With Diabetes is an evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University.

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