State organizations can apply for grants to implement the “Healthy U” health education program

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Cowboy State organizations can now apply for grants for health education workshops. The University of Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) is awarding 6 mini-grants of $5,000 for the long-term implementation of Healthy U.

“Healthy U is truly a wonderfully unique program because the goal of Healthy U is not for our leaders to step in and solve our participants’ health issues, but rather, it is to help them develop the tools and confidence to be better problem-solvers themselves, said WyCOA program coordinator Larry Goodwin.

Healthy U is a course designed to teach people aged 18 and over how to play a vital role in managing their own health. The course is usually divided into 6 two and a half hour workshops led by peer leaders.

Peer leaders can be anyone from health advocates to community members who want to learn how to help others. Goodwin said the program currently has 30 trained active leaders, but that number continues to grow.

“Our leaders are truly amazing people who have an incredible dedication to helping people in their community,” Goodwin said. “These leaders are people who have their own health concerns or are helping to care for loved ones. This personal connection is really what makes this program so powerful.

Participants learn strategies against pain and fatigue and learn how to manage chronic health conditions. Healthy U workshops allow participants to understand medical options and learn how to create an action plan for their personal health goals.

Grants will be awarded based on benchmarks to identify leaders, plan a class, and implement a program.

“We’ve really always been able to have a really broad network across the state, so in this program we’re looking to develop leaders and engage communities across the state,” Goodwin said.

WyCOA is hosting an information session on Monday, February 28 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

The application deadline is March 7.

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