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A Classroom in an Unexpected Place

William Musto Culture Center Group PhotoThe William V. Musto Cultural Center recently hosted its first Spanish-speaking Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) in Union City.
The program started slowly because it had to compete with a yoga class held at the same time. In an effort to increase class participation, the facilitator decided to change the time, which allowed participants to attend both yoga and the diabetes program.
Without further obstacles, classes took off and the members were happy to participate in both yoga and then the diabetes class. 
EDC Logo PictureWhen class participant Ada saw a flyer for the diabetes workshop, she knew she would go. She had been diagnosed with diabetes over 10 years ago.
"I do everything,” Ada said. “I always try to make all the opportunities that come along.”
Another participant, Neri, said that she also learned about the class through a flyer and decided to join. Having information about her condition is important to her because she does not want to experience terrible complications like some members of her family. She also practices yoga elsewhere and shared details with interested participants. 
Yolanda, another class attendee, found the program to be very beneficial for her because her doctor told her she had to do something for herself. She feared she could never control her diabetes, because no one ever told her how to do it. 
By the end of the program, Yolanda believed it helped her greatly because she did not know anything about her illness and was very concerned.
She would always feel hungry because she thought she could not eat what she wanted, which included carbohydrates. During the meal lesson, she discovered that she could eat anything she wanted but she had to look at and modify her portions and the items she put on her plate. 
On the last day, the participants held a small party to celebrate their success. Yolanda brought hummus and tofu slices for everyone to enjoy. 
Quality Insights offers free education on diabetes self-management as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. For more information about Spanish classes, call Karen Hale at (732) 955-8148. View a list of upcoming workshops.
For individuals looking for additional Spanish resources, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has materials available in both English and Spanish to help lighten the load and brighten the future for Hispanic/Latino patients. Visit to learn more.