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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

Meridian

Living Well with Diabetes
Meridian Public Library
1326 W Cherry Ln, Meridian, ID 83642
Tuesdays, November 6 – December 11, 2018
Time: TBD
For more information, contact
Darcy Hall at darcyh@qualishealth.org

Pocatello

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.

Living Well with Diabetes
Pocatello Senior Center

427 N. 6th Ave., Pocatello, ID 83201
Tuesdays, September 11 - October 16, 2018
Time: TBD
For more information contact Darcy Hall at darcyh@qualishealth.org.

 

Watch for more workshops to be scheduled soon.  You can also contact Darcy Hall at 208-383-5943 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.