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EDC Class Participants Celebrate Graduation and Heart Health on Valentine’s Day

EDC class graduatesWhen Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) instructor Paula Smith realized her last class at the Marydale Retirement Village would fall on Valentine’s Day, she knew she wanted to make it special.

EDC in Delaware uses the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management curriculum. Instructors teach people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
“Heart health is such an important part of living with diabetes,” says Smith. Throughout the weekly sessions, Smith shared resources to help participants learn and adopt heart healthy habits. Among them, she offered the 10 Tips to Cut Salt and Sodium flyer, an Understanding Your Blood Pressure Numbers flyer and the Blood Pressure Tracker log.

“Everything the group learned really culminated at the last class,” shares Smith. “Most participants wore something red to support both Valentine’s Day and Go Red for Women. We celebrated with a catered lunch and I presented certificates of completion, diabetes cookbooks and vouchers to attend a cooking class called Dining with Diabetes.”

Dining with Diabetes is sponsored by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension. The program normally costs $50 to attend but EDC class graduates receive a voucher to attend for free since they completed the course. 

“Everyone also received a special Valentine’s Day gift and we celebrated three February birthdays with cake and singing,” says Smith. “It was a very fun and festive day!”