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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:

 

Bellevue

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Factoria Medical Center
13451 SE 36th St, Bellevue, WA 98006
Fridays, April 14 May 19, 2017
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website:kp.org/wa/livingwell

Bothell

Living Well with Diabetes
Pacific Medical Center -Canyon Park
1909 214th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021
Wednesdays, June 7 July 12, 2017
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
To register call: Princess Beltran, 206-505-1472

Federal Way

Living Well with Diabetes
Pacific Medical Center - Federal Way
31833 Gateway Center Blvd S, Federal WA 98003
Wednesdays, October 4 November 8, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
To register call: Princess Beltran, 206-505-1472

Port Orchard

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Port Orchard Medical Center
1400 Pottery Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Mondays, April 10 May 15, 2017
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website: kp.org/wa/livingwell

Puyallup

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Puyallup Medical Center
1007 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA 98374-2192
Mondays, April 17 May 22, 2017
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website: kp.org/wa/livingwell

Redmond

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Redmond Medical Center
15809 Bear Creek Pkwy Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052
Tuesdays, April 18 – May 23, 2017
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website: kp.org/wa/livingwell

Renton

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Renton Medical Center
275 Bronson Way NE, Renton, WA 98056
1st Floor, Room #1
Tuesdays, April 4 May 9, 2017
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website: kp.org/wa/livingwell

Seattle

Living Well with Diabetes
Kaiser Permanente Northgate Medical Center
9800 4th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Room #205
Mondays, April 10 May 15, 2017
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register: Call Kaiser Permanente Resource Line: 1-800-992-2279 or visit Kaiser Permanente website: kp.org/wa/livingwell

Tacoma

Living Well with Diabetes
Eastside Family Medical Clinic
Community Health Care Community Room
1708 East 44th, Tacoma, WA 98404
Tuesdays, April 11 May 16, 2017
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register call:

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