NKFM offers no-cost interactive online courses on chronic pain, kidney disease, diabetes and tools for caregivers

ANN ARBOR — If you are living with chronic pain, a chronic disease such as kidney disease or type 2 diabetes, or caring for someone with a chronic disease, consider taking a Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). Workshops are offered at no cost to participants. Each workshop features a facilitator working with a group to explore skills and tools to help people with specific health issues and their loved ones lead healthier lives. The online PATH workshops are open to all adult residents in Michigan. No transportation needed!

“I’m very appreciative of the classes being offered and supported by grants and donations. Being able to take an evidence-based series of health class sessions right in the comfort of my own home has been a perfect opportunity for me. Having mobility challenges, chronic pain, and being high risk for COVID, they have made it accessible for me to participate, saved me time, fuel costs, and the ability to stay in a worry-free, safe environment. At 76, I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on my health. I highly recommend this class and the other distance learning opportunities as a way to improve one’s health,” states past PATH participant Carol V., who lives in southeast Michigan.

Access any of the following PATH workshops with an internet connection on a computer, tablet or smartphone:

PATH
 – for those living with a chronic health condition, such as heart disease or arthritis, and their loved ones
Mondays, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Information Session – Monday, February 8, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 15 & 22; March 1 to 22, 2021
New participants can join up through Monday, February 22, 2021.
To register, contact Beaumont Health at 800-633-7377 or visit http://classes.beaumont.org.

Kidney PATH – for those living with kidney disease and their loved ones
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Classes start on January 15, but new participants welcome through Friday, January 22, 2021. Eight sessions total: January 15 to 29; February 5 to 26; March 5
To register, email pathprograms@nkfm.org or call 734-482-1455.

Kidney PATH
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information Session – Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
New participants can join up through Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
Eight sessions total: February 2 to 23; March 2 to 23
To register, email pathprograms@nkfm.org or call 734-482-1455.

Kidney PATH
Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Information Session – Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New participants can join up through Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Eight sessions total: February 24; March 3 to 24; April 7 & 14
To register, contact Ascension at 248-849-5752.

Diabetes PATH – for those living with type 2 diabetes and their loved ones
Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Information Session – Wednesday, January 13, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Six sessions total: January 20 & 27; February 3 to 24, 2021
New participants can join up through Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
To register, email pathprograms@nkfm.org or call 734-482-1455.

Diabetes PATH
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Information Session – Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Six sessions total: January 26; February 2 to 23; March 2, 2021
New participants can join up through Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
To register, contact Ascension at 248-849-5752.

Diabetes PATH
Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information Session – Monday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 1 to 22; March 1 & 8, 2021
New participants can join up through Monday, February 8, 2021.
To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.

Diabetes PATH
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information Session – Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 10 to 24; March 3 to 17, 2021
New participants can join up through Wednesday, February 17, 2021.
To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.

Diabetes PATH
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Information Session – Thursday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 25; March 4 to 25; April 1, 2021
New participants can join up through Thursday, March 4, 2021.
To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.

Chronic Pain PATH – for those living with chronic pain and their loved ones
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Information Session – Thursday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Six sessions total: January 28; February 4 to 25; March 4
New participants can join up through Thursday, March 4, 2021.
To register, contact Ascension at 248-849-5752.

Chronic Pain PATH
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Information Session – Tuesday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 2 to 23; March 2 & 9
New participants can join up through Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.

Chronic Pain PATH
Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information Session – Monday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Six sessions total: March 1 to 29; April 5
New participants can join up through Monday, March 8, 2021.
To register, visit http://classes.beaumont.org or call 800-633-7377.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers – Learn to care for yourself while you care for others
Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Information Session – Wednesday, February 3, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Six sessions total: February 10 to 24; March 3 to 17
New participants can join up through Wednesday, February 17, 2021
To register, email pathprograms@nkfm.org or call 734-482-1455.

If you do not use electronic devices, self-directed learning is available, including a no-cost toolkit mailed to you and, if interested, live phone support with a small group. For more information, call 734-482-1455.

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

These interactive workshops are just one of many distance learning options on disease prevention, disease management and physical activity for all ages now provided by the NKFM. For more information, visit nkfm.org/distancelearning or call 800-482-1455.

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. For the past 13 years, 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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