‘Healthy U’ lay leaders ready to teach

Urban Mission Ministries is welcoming nine new “Healthy U” lay leaders to its team who are ready to offer the community “Healthy U” educational workshops focusing on diabetes and pre-diabetes health care issues.

Two class sessions are on the calendar. One will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning April 18 at MaeBelle’s Wigs in Steubenville.

The other will be held at the Urban Mission from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. beginning April 22. Each lay leader completed 32 hours of class time, becoming qualified to facilitate these “much-needed workshops,” according to Sharon Kirtdoll, program director.

Partnering with the Office of Minority Health in Columbus, Urban Mission is promoting workshops in the area to facilitate the management of diabetes and related health conditions.

The leaders will offer workshops in churches and other venues available to the community. A workshop is held weekly for a six-week period, giving participants an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned and get feedback.

The workshops are designed by Standford University and have proven effective, according to the spokesperson.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States – 8.3 percent of the population – have diabetes. Complications from it cripple or kill thousands every year.

“We hope that by offering these workshops that participants will begin to understand the crippling effects of this disease and take a more active role in their own care, thereby reducing the toll that diabetes takes on the community and family,” Kirtdoll said.

Churches or groups interested in hosting a workshop can contact the Urban Mission at (740) 282-8010.