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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:



Living Well with Diabetes
Blackfoot Elks Lodge

Sunset Room
123 North Ash, Blackfoot, ID 83221
Tuesdays, April 3 - May 8, 2018
6:00pm - 8:30pm MT
To register contact: Mary, Jordyn, or Amanda at 208-785-1080.

Fort Hall

Living Well with Diabetes
Building 70

72 Navajo Road, ID 83686
Tuesdays, March 13 - April 17, 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm MT
To register contact: Stephanie Moss at 208-478-3962.


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


Living Well with Diabetes
LDS Church

1749 Willis Road, Middleton, ID 83644
Thursdays, April 12 - May 17, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30pm MT
To register contact: Brandi Waselewski at 208-898-7077


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
Nampa Senior Center

207 Constitution Way, Nampa, ID 83686
Wednesdays, March 7 - April 11, 2018
1:00pm - 3:30pm MT
To register contact: Sam Atchley at 208-467-7266.


Living Well with Diabetes
St. Anthony Place, Common Area

650 North 7th, Pocatello, ID 83201
Tuesdays, February 6 - March 13, 2018
1:30pm - 4:00pm MT
To register contact: Pam Wake at 208-221-0688 or sign up at the office.


Living Well with Diabetes
Minidoka County Senior Center

702 11th Street, Rupert, ID 83350
Fridays, April 6 - May 11, 2018
9:30am - 12:00pm MT
To register contact: Pam Wake at 208-221-0688 or
Penny at 208-436-9107.

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.