Living Healthy with Diabetes Goal for the next series of workshops
For people with type 2 diabetes, good medical care is only half the equation. Equally important is their ability to make healthy decisions, follow their doctor’s recommendations, and take care of their condition.
Living Healthy With Diabetes, a workshop offered in Gaston County, will teach people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes how to do just that.
Participants can have less stress, fewer complications, more energy and fewer hospitalizations.
The workshop is for adults of all ages with diabetes. The workshop is offered at the Gaston County Senior Citizens Center and begins Monday May 3 and will run through June 7.
There is a significant need for support for people with diabetes, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the most common, costly, and preventable health problem in the United States.
Diabetes is also the leading cause of death and disability, responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths each year.
“The good news,” says instructor Farrell Breithaupt, also with type 2 diabetes, “is that people who know how to take care of their diabetes can successfully live with their disease.”
“The Living Healthy With Diabetes workshops are a wonderful addition to medical care,” said Breithaupt, “enabling people to live well outside the doctor’s office so that they can get the most out of their treatment and live the life. life they want. “
The Living Healthy With Diabetes workshops are offered in six weekly 2.5-hour sessions.
They are taught by two certified leaders; one or both are not healthcare professionals who are themselves diabetic and will lead the workshop from their own experience.
“It’s amazing to see the change that happens after people have attended the workshop,” says Ellen Fenters. “People are more confident, more energetic, and have a new support system in place, which helps them lead healthier lives.”
During the six-week session, participants receive support from trained leaders and other workshop participants, learn practical ways to manage stress and fatigue, learn to eat healthy and exercise. , foot care, relaxation techniques, learn better ways to communicate about their diabetes. condition with doctors and family members, problem solving and goal setting.
Living Healthy with Diabetes was created by the Center for Patient Education Research at Stanford University and is supported by the NC Center for Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville.
The state’s goal is to make healthy options available to all North Carolinians and offering these self-management workshops is one way to ensure that people with chronic conditions like diabetes get the support they have. need to access these options and live well.