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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
Group Health Cooperative
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: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

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
Group Health Cooperative
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: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

Puyallup

Living Well with Diabetes
Group Health Cooperative
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: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

Redmond

Living Well with Diabetes
Group Health Cooperative
Redmond Medical Center at Riverpark
15809 Bear Creek Pkwy Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052
Tuesdays, April 18 – May 23, 2017
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
To register call: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

Renton

Living Well with Diabetes
Group Health Cooperative
Renton Medical Center
275 Bronson Way NE, Renton, WA 98056
Tuesdays, April 4 May 9, 2017
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register call: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

Seattle

Living Well with Diabetes
Group Health Cooperative
Northgate Medical Center
9800 4th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Mondays, April 10 May 15, 2017
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
To register call: 1-800-992-2279 or www.ghc.org "Classes and Events"

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