River Valley Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging Kicks Off Fiscal Year With a Roar

Eight (8) CDSMP lay leaders were certified in August and were all ready to start teaching interested persons how to manage their chronic diseases. The Lay Leader class was taught on August 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th. The first person to teach a CDSMP community class was Katrina Tanner of the RVRC/AAA. Pictured left to right: Jessie Dawson, Marcella Bryant, Yolanda Thomas, Nicole Gaither, Katrina Tanner, LaTanjulla Benjamin, Betty Martin-Woods, Rodney Rawls, Franetta Miles, Marie Peterson

Katrina taught a class at Waverly Terrace Senior Apartments where nine (8) seniors completed the class. (see photo below).  The class dates were Oct, 24th, 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

Left to Right: Lay Leader Katrina Tanner, class participants, Johnny King, Lena Woodall, Beverly Hines, Patsy Brown, Bobbie Hardge, Ruhnell Bankston. Not Pictured: Master Trainer, Franetta Miles, class participants, Virginia Bailey, Patricia Davidson and Arthur Moton.
Virginia Bailey
Virginia Bailey, participant at the CDSMP Community Class at Waverly Terrace Senior Apartments

While taking the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program I have learned so many things to improve my health. For starters, I’ve improved my eating habits by reading food labels before preparing meals. I also learned that exercise can be fun if you start off at a speed which is suitable for you and then increase your regimen. I plan to continue with my Action Planning because it makes me feel better. I appreciate the much needed information. -Virginia Bailey

Marie Peterson of the RVRC/AAA is scheduled to begin a CDSMP community class on January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th February 6th and 13th. This will be taught at Arbor Point Cottages and the class is filling up quickly!  Additional lay leaders trained in August are planning classes for the new year which will allow all eight (8) lay leaders to be certified within the required timelines.

Master Trainer Franetta Miles and guest Master Trainer Ilona Preattle taught a Matter of Balance Coach Class on December 13th and 14th to six (6) completers.

Pictured standing left to right: Isom Williams, Katrina Tanner, Robin McCord, Mary Fluellen, Linda Adams and Dean Lemmon. Pictured seated left to right: Master Trainer, Franetta Miles and Master Trainer, Ilona Preattle.

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