FARMINGTON — LEAP Inc. is hosting two free Muskie School workshops on health and wellness for people with disabilities in the Bass Room at the Franklin Health Center, Franklin Memorial Hospital.

The first workshop will be for staff members who work with people with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The second workshop will be for people with disabilities from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

As part of the 2009 Happy, Healthy and Well Training Initiative, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Muskie School are providing training and technical assistance to staff at four selected agencies that provide residential and community support services to adults with cognitive, intellectual and physical disabilities.

LEAP has been chosen as host/pilot agency for Western Maine. The Muskie School is Maine’s comprehensive school of public policy and management, serving New England and the nation. It is nationally recognized for applying innovative knowledge to critical issues in the fields of sustainable communities, health policy and child and family services. In all of its activities, the school carries on the values and ideas of Sen. Muskie.

The Muskie School Happy, Healthy and Well objectives are to assist staff to improve health and wellness of people with disabilities through learning about more resources in their communities; taking more responsibility for their own health; practicing more healthful daily living habits; trying a variety of activities to increase fitness and activity; supporting better informed choices for healthful eating; being more physically active; creating and following wellness plans and being more involved in their medical care.

LEAP is a Farmington-based private nonprofit agency, which has been providing home and residential supports in the community for people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities in Western and Central Maine and their families for 29 years.

For more information or to register, contact Deelight at LEAP, 778-3466 or via e-mail, [email protected] Refreshments will be available.

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