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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
Stillaguamish Senior Center
18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington, WA 99223
Thursdays, January 25, 2018 March 1, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
To register contact: cvirago@homage.org.


Living Well with Diabetes
Baker Heights Community Center
1401 Poplar, Everett, WA 98201
Tuesdays, January 23, 2018 February 27, 2018
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register call Kimberly at 425-330-6692.

Living Well with Diabetes
Broadway Plaza, Everett Housing Authority Complex
3107 Colby Avenue, Everett, WA 98201
Tuesdays, January 24, 2018 February 28, 2018
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register call 425-265-2283 or email cvirago@homage.org.


Living Well with Diabetes
Monticello Park Prestige Senior Living
605 Broadway Street, Longview, WA 98632
Wednesdays, January 10, 2018 February 14, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
To call 360-577-4929.


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