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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
Gables of Blackfoot
2815 Hunter Loop, Blackfoot, ID
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 7, 2017
9:30 am -  11:30 am
To register call: Pam Wake (208)-221-0688

Living Well with Diabetes
8985 S. Meridian Street, Blackfoot, ID
Thursdays, October 5 - November 9, 2017
2:00 pm -  4:30 pm
To register call: Pam Wake (208)-221-0688

Idaho Falls

Living Well with Diabetes
Idaho Falls Senior Citizens Center
Community Center

535 W. 21st Street, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24, 2017
1:00 pm -  3:30 pm
To register call: Dave Klingler (208) 356-8442


Living Well with Diabetes
Kuna Senior Center
299 Avenue B, Kuna, ID 83634
Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8, 2017
12:45 pm -  3:15 pm
To register call: Debbie Clark (208) 922-9714


Living Well with Diabetes
Carlow Apartments
420 East 7th South, Rexburg, ID 83440
Thursdays, September 21 - October 26, 2017
2:00 pm -  4:30 pm
To register call: Brenda Franson  (208) 201-4615


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