Health and Wellness

UPCAP offers classes and workshops across the U.P. for disease prevention and management, and general wellness

A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns about Falls

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The class meets 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks or twice a week for 4 weeks.

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Chronic Pain Self Management

The Chronic Pain Self Management Program is a six-week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. Topics discussed include: ways to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep; appropriate exercises for maintaining strength, flexibility and endurance; use of medications; nutrition and communication with friends, family and doctors.

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Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health)

Diabetes PATH is a six week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. It focuses on the specific needs of those living with diabetes. Workshop participants will learn techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress and emotional challenges such as depression, anger, frustration and fear. Participants will also learn strategies for health eating, appropriate exercises to maintain and improve strength and endurance and ways to work more effectively with their doctor. Family members, friends and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. If you would like more information on the Diabetes PATH Program, please download the Diabetes PATH Educational Flyer under Resources below.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence based lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes or at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.  Program has proven to help people lose weight and prevent or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes by 58%. This is a 12 month program that initially meets weekly and then monthly for the remainder of the period.

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PATH – Personal Action Towards Health

PATH is a six week workshop conducted in 2 1/2 hour sessions in community settings. The program was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of chronic or long term health conditions. PATH is designed to benefit adults with chronic or long term health conditions including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis and depression. Family member, friends, and caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshop. If you would like more information on the PATH Program, please download the PATH Flyer under Resources below.

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Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be more active to improve your overall health, UPCAP is offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease Program.  This is a self-guided walking program with six weeks of online class support to help participants stay motivated and build confidence, while learning to safely increase physical activity.

Walk with Ease has been proven to increase balance, strength, and walking pace, reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, build confidence and improve overall health.  Walking is an ideal activity for all fitness levels and can be done while social distancing.

If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.  There is NO charge for this online class and materials will be mailed to you.  You must have a computer, tablet or smartphone with internet connection and a web browser to participate.


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