Health and Wellness

Learn to manage diabetes, high blood pressure with no-cost virtual workshops in March

ANN ARBOR, MICH. — (February 8, 2024) — Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) are two serious chronic diseases. They also are the two major causes of kidney disease, another serious illness. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) provides workshops that help people to manage these diseases and live healthier.

If you are living with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or any other chronic disease, these virtual workshops are for you. Offered at no cost to participants, the multi-week workshops feature facilitators working with small groups to explore skills and tools that help people with chronic disease to improve the quality of their lives. Session topics include controlling symptoms, decreasing stress, advocating for yourself, communicating with health providers and more. The virtual workshops are open to all residents in Michigan (and their caregivers) with access to a computer, tablet or smartphone. A meeting link will be sent to registered participants.

 Diabetes PATH evening workshop (for those living with type 2 diabetes)
Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Information Session – Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 6 p.m.
Sessions 1-6: March 19 to April 23
New participants can join through Tuesday, March 26, 2024.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.nkfm.org/diabetes-path, email PATHPrograms@nkfm.org or call 800-482-1455.

High Blood Pressure Control evening workshop (for those living with high blood pressure) diabetes)
Wednesdays, 6  – 8 p.m.
Sessions 1-8: March 20, 2024 to May 8, 2024
New participants can join through Wednesday, March 27, 2024.To register for this workshop, visit www.nkfm.org/HBPC, email PATHPrograms@nkfm.org or call 800-482-1455.

 To find additional PATH programs, visit nkfm.org/PATH or mihealthyprograms.org.

Why is the NKFM interested in helping people with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure? Diabetes and hypertension are two major causes of kidney disease, and 33% of Michigan adults, or one in three, are at risk for kidney disease. If you have kidney disease, you also have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 complications.

The NKFM is raising awareness about kidney disease and working hard to change these numbers. Take our one-minute Kidney Risk Quiz today to find out if you are part of the 33% and what you can do about it.

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About the NKFM
The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. With more than a million people in Michigan affected by kidney disease, the NKFM works to provide life-changing programs and services across the state. Each year, Charity Navigator — the nation’s leading nonprofit evaluator — has recognized the NKFM with its highest rating of 4 stars for success in sound fiscal management. nkfm.org

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