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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan offers of evidence-based programs that help participants make a healthy lifestyle change and prevent or manage a disease. Some of these programs are offered virtually starting in September and are available to Westland residents. Westland Library members who attend an info session to one of these programs and show their library card will receive a goody bag with resources to help them on their health journey. More information on these programs is below.

A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. It is an 8-week workshop that can help participants learn to prevent falls, manage falls, make safe changes at home, and improve balance and flexibility. Matter of Balance is offered in a virtual format. Video sessions are held once per week at scheduled times with a small group of participants. These require reliable internet connection and camera features on a computer, tablet or phone.

Matter of Balance

To register, contact LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455 or mobprogram@nkfm.org

  • Info session: September 28 at 2-3 pm

Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps people at-risk of diabetes learn how to make lifestyle changes and stick to them. As part of a small, supportive group, you’ll learn how to eat healthier, lose weight, and incorporate more physical activity into your life. A trained coach will guide the group in how to make better choices over the course of 16 one-hour weekly sessions. After that, you’ll meet monthly, for one full year of the program.

To qualify for DPP, participants must be overweight and at high-risk for developing diabetes. DPP is offered in a virtual format. Video sessions are held once per week at scheduled times with a small group of participants. These require reliable internet connection and camera features on a computer, tablet or phone. The program is offered through a mix of sponsorships, grants, employers, insurance reimbursement and self-pay. You can learn more about your risk and eligibility at www.readysetprevent.org.

DPP Distance Learning Information Session

To register, visit www.readysetprevent.org

  • Tuesday, September 13 at 6 pm

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)

Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) is designed to provide skills and tools to help people with long-term health problems and their support systems to live healthier lives. Participants lean strategies to dealt with pain, fatigue and difficult emptions. Each week, participants created personal action plans and set practical, achievable goals.

PATH workshops are around 2-2.5 hours long and are led by two trained leaders, at least one of whom has a long-term health condition. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) provides the following types of PATH workshops: Kidney PATH, Diabetes PATH, and Chronic Pain PATH.

PATH workshops are offered in a virtual format. Video sessions are held once per week at scheduled times with a small group of participants. These require reliable internet connection and camera features on a computer, tablet or phone. Workshops are free.

 

Kidney PATH (Info session and then 8 weekly sessions)

To register, visit www.nkfm.org/KPATH or call 800-462-1455

  • Option 1: Thursdays at 1-3 pm
    • Info Session September 8
  • Option 2: Mondays at 6-8 pm
    • Info Session September 19

 

Diabetes PATH (Info session and then 6 weekly sessions)

To register, contact Beaumont: http://classes.beaumont.org

  • Option 1: Thursdays at 6-8 pm
    • Info session: September 8
  • Option 2: Tuesdays at 1-3
    • Info session: September 13

 

Chronic Pain PATH (Info session and then 6 weekly sessions)

To register, contact Beaumont: http://classes.beaumont.org

  • Mondays at 6-8pm
    • Info session: September 19

Walk With Ease

The Walk With Ease Program is an exercise program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease. Participants walk on their own schedule at their own pace with a goal of building to 30 minutes for at least three days a week by the end of the program. The program has helped participants improve balance, build confidence in walking pace, and improves limitation.

Walk With Ease

To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org

  • Monday, September 12 at 5:30 pm