Diabetes Self-Management Workshop
Marie R Milleage
Thirteen residents graduated from a recent six-weeks Diabetes Self-Maintenance Workshop, led by Dr. Laurie Long and Ms. Eboni Palmer with a Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton community health program.
The Stanford University designed program meets the approval of many health professionals. It includes techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, and pain, prevent low blood sugar, and eat healthy foods. Studies show that calorie restriction and exercise together increase the body’s ability to respond to glucose by producing insulin.
Action plan homework assignments helped participants identify approaches and personal strategies to manage their diabetes, develop meal plans, review food ingredients and additives, and decide when and what to eat.
Participants engaged in lengthy classroom discussions that included reviewing medication usage, communicating with health professionals, and identifying areas of concern. Dr. Long shared, “every participant expressed an “aha” moment either in the course of class discussions or during completing assignments.”
All classroom members made positive comments about their experience in the program. Birdie Kasner said, “My doctors are very pleased with my current test results and actions being taken to improve my health. I have taken classes before, but this time it finally clicked for me.”
Jill and Gary San Miguel learned a lot of valuable and helpful information and Tom Waltrak discovered a few new things to help him do a better job of keeping his diabetes in check. Another resident commented that walking resulted in a better glucose level than when playing pickleball.
Julie Kacines commented, “This was an enjoyable and comprehensive coverage of diabetes management, which included an excellent book for reference.”
Martha Harrell summarized the program, “I really gained a lot from attending this very informative workshop. I have been a controlled diabetic for about ten years so It has become a part of my life and I do not give it much thought. Taking this class really made me stop and look at what and how I am doing and it reminded me and the other participants how important it is to keep our health first.”
Good Samaritan, RSVP, Carriage House of Denton, and Home Instead Care provided refreshments. Additional program information is available from Marie Milleage at firstname.lastname@example.org or view www.rrlwc.com.
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