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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:

 

Burien

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente, Burien Medical Center
140 SW 146th Street, Burien, WA 98166
Wednesdays, April 18 - May 23, 2018
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
To register call the Kaiser Permanente Resource Line at 1-800-992-2279 or register online at Kp.org/wa/livingwell.

Chelan

Living Well with Diabetes
Lake Chelan Community Hospital
503 Highland Avenue, Chelan, WA 98816
Fridays, April 6 - May 11, 2018
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register contact: Agustin Benegas at 509-682-8525 or email abenegas @lcch.net.

Renton

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente, Renton Medical Center
275 Bronson Way NE, Renton, WA 98056
Tuesdays, April 3 - May 8, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register call the Kaiser Permanente Resource Line at 1-800-992-2279 or register online at Kp.org/wa/livingwell.

Seattle

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente, Rainier Medical Center
5316 Rainier Ave. South, WA 98118-2398
Fridays, April 13 - May 18, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register call the Kaiser Permanente Resource Line at 1-800-992-2279 or register online at Kp.org/wa/livingwell.

Tacoma

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente, Tacoma South Medical Center
9505 South Steele Street, Tacoma WA 98444-6858
Fridays, March 23 - April 27, 2018
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register call the Kaiser Permanente Resource Line at 1-800-992-2279 or register online at Kp.org/wa/livingwell.

Programs de Manejo Personal de la Diabetes (Diabetes Self-Management Program)
Community Health Care, Eastside

Tanbara Clinc Community room
1708 E. 44th St. Tacoma, WA 98404
Thursdays, May 3, 10, 24 and June 7 (skip May 31)
To register, call Melanie Garnica at 253-722-2169 or register online here.

INHS

INHS Community Wellness is offering multiple workshops. Please download the INHS Living Well Flyer for more information and course listings.

If you have a DSMP Workshop you would like posted on this page, please contact Jamie Hunter-Mitchell at jamieh@qualishealth.org