Beginning Thursday, June 11, Senior Services Plus will partner with RxOutreach to offer a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) coupled with a Strong For Life exercise class.
This course will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Senior Services Plus in the School House Grill. Bridgette Simms and Edgardo Alvira of RX Outreach will lead the course as certified DEEP Instructors.
The program, developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, focuses on diabetes self-management. It was designed in conjunction with the Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The program consists of six to eight weeks of diabetes self-management instruction for individuals with diabetes and pre-diabetic symptoms. Family and friends are also welcome to attend and there is no fee required to participate. Participants will graduate with a wealth of knowledge about diabetes through interactive and engaging classes. At the end of the eight classes, the goal is for individuals to be better prepared to make healthy living choices.
The Strong For Life exercise program is designed to promote activity and reduce disability, and is specifically designed for older people to improve strength, balance and overall health. The program uses color-coded elastic bands of varying thickness to individualize resistance.
Reservations are required to attend; the maximum amount of participants per class is 15 people. Senior Services Plus is located at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton.
For information or to make reservations, contact Wellness Center Coordinator Lucas Hale at (618) 465-3298, ext. 109, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.