Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Michigan State University Extension’s strengths are our community-based approach to program delivery and our efforts to serve the needs of Michigan’s residents in urban, suburban and rural settings. We promote healthy lifestyles and equip Michigan residents to take control of their personal health through facilitation and education.

MSU Extension helps people apply research in order to make positive changes in their lives. We empower individuals with the knowledge they need to make healthy choices.

Education Provided in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa counties

Dining with Diabetes

The five-session series includes research-based education, food preparation demonstrations and healthy recipe tasting. The workshop is targeted toward people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and members of their support system.


PATH is for people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthmas, arthritis and chronic pain. Participants learn skills so they are better equipped to face the daily challenges of living with chronic conditions. Two specialized PATH workshops are also available: PATH—Diabetes and PATH—Chronic Pain.

Matter of Balance

This workshop consists of eight, two-hour sessions aimed at reducing the fear of falling and increasing activity levels and confidence among older adults. Throughout the course, participants establish goals for increasing activity, identify modifications to their environment to reduce fall risk, practice strength and balance exercises and learn from each other.

For more information go to MSU Extension’s Chronic Disease webpage, or you can contact Christi Demitz, Educator, or (616) 632-7881.