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All About Balance

Minnie B. Veal Class PhotoAshvin has had Type 2 diabetes for the past five years. Previously a supervisor at Snapple, he would take advantage of the free sugary drinks a few times a day, as it was part of the company’s culture was to enjoy Snapple during leisure time.  Ashvin wasn’t thinking about the potential damage the drinks may be doing to his health. One 16-ounce bottle of Snapple has approximately 35 to 40 grams of sugar.
Once Ashvin found out that his blood sugar levels were higher than normal, he decided to make some changes and take charge of his health.
EDC LogoFor that reason, he signed up for a free diabetes self-management workshop series that was scheduled at the Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center in Edison, NJ. The series, also known as the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), is offered as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The series takes place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours.
The DEEP curriculum was developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program helps individuals better understand diabetes and how to manage the disease.
The program explains the importance of monitoring blood sugar and offers guidelines on healthy blood sugar levels. As a result of the program, Ashvin has been monitoring daily and his blood sugar levels have reduced significantly.
Exercise is another topic reviewed in the program. Participants are able to discuss any concerns they might have about starting an exercise program, and they also learn about the many benefits of exercise. Ashvin has joined fitness classes that incorporate weight lifting exercises and walking on the treadmill. He is proud to say that exercise is now part of his daily routine.
Furthermore, Ashvin has notably cut back on his sugar intake, and no longer indulges in cakes and other sweets. He makes sure to have smaller portions of the food he eats.
Over the past year, Ashvin has lost 22 pounds.
He credits the weight loss to balancing healthy eating with exercise, drinking more water and managing his medication.
The program also gives people with diabetes the opportunity to share their own experiences, problem solve, and learn from one another.
 “You see other people in the class, and it motivates you,” Ashvin said.
Additionally, Ashvin was thankful to receive information and educational handouts at each session. He believes that people with diabetes would benefit from this program by becoming more active self-managers of their condition.
“It is better to have a healthy life with fewer complications,” Ashvin said. “The program really does help.”
Quality Insights offers DEEP workshops throughout New Jersey as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative. To register for a free workshop, contact Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168. View a list of upcoming workshops