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Update offered on free ‘Healthy U’ program

September 15, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Urban Mission Ministries has received a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health to implement a free community education diabetes program called "Healthy U."

The program is designed to teach people who have diabetes or are living with someone with diabetes how to treat and control the disease, according to Sharon Kirtdoll, community developer, Neighborhood Community Development, Urban Mission Ministries.

Three workshops are offered with two focusing on diabetes, the other on any type of chronic illness. The workshops are held once a week for six weeks and are free and open to the public. Conducted by community educators, the classes are being held throughout the community and are open to anyone living in Ohio.

The diabetes class schedule includes Monday, and 24, Oct. 1, 8 and 15 at Greater Zion Temple Church, 500 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, with Tammy Gregory and Judy Owings of Prime Time Office on Aging facilitating the classes being held on those dates from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The diabetes class schedule also includes sessions at Eastern Gateway Community College's Pugliese Training Center, beginning Wednesday and continuing Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 10 and 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Barbara Fisher and Area Office on Aging, Region 9 educators will be the presenters.

The chronic disease self-management program, a small group workshop that will meet two and a half hours once a week for six weeks, will be held at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, beginning Monday and continuing on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register for this class, contact Joe Loizzo at (740) 283-3771.

For information, call Jackie Gibson, diabetic manager, at (740) 264-9763 or Kirtdoll at (740) 282-8010.

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