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Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshops

 

Learn how a DSMP workshop helped one woman better manage her diabetes.
 

Irene's Story

After a successful career that afforded me the excitement of traveling the globe, I was looking forward to doing my “heart’s work” of helping others during my retirement. It never occurred to me that I needed to help myself.

A close family member had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I wanted to make sure I was in the clear. I was shocked that my doctor told me that my blood sugar was high and I had pre-diabetes. But looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised.

My work schedule over 35 years made it difficult to make healthy food choices and to get enough physical activity. My family traditions of carb- and fat-heavy comfort food didn’t help matters. By the time I was diagnosed, an extra 20 pounds had snuck up on me.

One of the first things I did was enroll in the Diabetes Self-Management workshop. I attended all six sessions, got support from other participants, and realized that despite this diagnosis, I could be in charge and do everything I wanted to do in my retirement. Over the last year, I have controlled my blood sugar by eating more vegetables and fewer starchy and sweet foods and by getting daily exercise. I enjoy water fitness classes in my neighborhood and go to the dog park with my dog. I also have plenty of energy to volunteer four times a month serving the homeless and working at an emergency sanctuary for foster children.

The workshop put me on a different path. I have learned that I have limitations but ultimately I am responsible for my physical and spiritual well-being.

Find a workshop near you:

IDAHO

Blackfoot

Living Well with Diabetes
Bingham County Senior Center

Back Room
20 East Pacific, Blackfoot, ID 83221
Tuesdays, July 7 - August 21, 2018
9:00am - 11:30am MT
To register contact: Pam Wake at 208-221-0688 or Cara at Senior Center.

Boise

Living Well with Diabetes
Shenandoah Estates

5603 Bullrun Lane, Boise, ID 83714
Tuesdays, July 10 - August 14, 2018
2:00pm - 4:30pm MT
To register contact: Jeff Smith at 208-383-5945.

Living Well with Diabetes
Capitol Plaza Apartments

700 W. Cunningham Place, Boise, ID 83702
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 15, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm MT
To register contact: Brandi Waselewski at 208-898-7077.

Living Well with Diabetes
Franklin Plaza Apartments

1555 W. Franklin Street, Boise, ID 83702
Wednesdays, July 11 - August 15, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30pm MT
To register contact: Brandi Waselewski at 208-898-7077.

Lewiston

Living Well with Diabetes
CHAS Action Partnership
124 New 6th St., Lewiston, ID
Saturdays, June 2 - July 7, 2018
10:00apm - 12:30pm MT
To register call: 509-452-7676 or 206-848-8258
Email: healthyliving@Chas.org

Living Well with Diabetes
CHAS Action Partnership
124 New 6th St., Lewiston, ID
Mondays, June 4 - July 9, 2018
11:00apm - 1:30pm MT
To register call: 509-452-7676 or 206-848-8258
Email: healthyliving@Chas.org

Moscow

Living Well with Diabetes
CHAS Latah Community Health
803 S. Main St., Suite 120, Moscow, ID
Wednesdays, May 23 - June 27, 2018
11:00apm - 1:30pm MT
To register call: 509-452-7676 or 206-848-8258
Email: healthyliving@Chas.org

Living Well with Diabetes
Good Samaritan Community Room
640 N. Eisenhower St., Moscow, ID
Thursdays, June 7 - July 12, 2018
5:00pm - 7:30pm MT
To register call: 509-452-7676 or 206-848-8258
Email: healthyliving@Chas.org

Pocatello

Living Well with Diabetes
Portneuf Towers, Common Area

666 W. Day Street, Pocatello, ID 83204
Tuesdays, June 5 - July 10, 2018
10:00am - 12:30pm MT
To register call Pam Wake at 208-221-0688 or sign up at the office.

Living Well with Diabetes
Christensen Courts, Community Room

711 N. 6th Street, Pocatello, ID 83201
Tuesdays, August 7 - September 11, 2018
1:30pm - 3:00pm MT
To register call Pam Wake at 208-221-0688 or Michele at 208-233-6276.

Watch for more workshops to be scheduled soon.  You can also contact Jeff Smith at 208-383-5945 if you are interested in hosting a Diabetes Self-Management workshop or to place your name on an interest list.

If you have a DSMP Workshop you would like posted on this page, please contact Jeff Smith at jeffreys@qualishealth.org.