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Couple Both Living with Diabetes Graduate from Free Workshop Series

Fred and Virginia PictureVirginia and Fred are a couple living in Ocean County. Fred enjoys reading novels and gardening, and Virginia likes helping out with church, crafting and planning events. They both are living with type 2 diabetes.
Together, in a joint effort to take control of their health, they completed a free diabetes self-management workshop series at a senior living community in Tuckerton. 
EDC Logo PictureThe series 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.
During the workshop series, participants learned about healthy eating, action planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, positive thinking, dealing with stress, foot care, medications, exercise and more.
Many participants shared extensive and challenging goals they wanted to accomplish. However, sometimes goals need to be broken down into smaller, more doable steps, which is what the workshop’s action planning steps address. Action planning is a self-management tool that increases participants’ self-confidence and helps them achieve the important goals they set for themselves on a weekly basis. At the conclusion of each session, the participants choose an action plan that has a short-term goal that should be achievable for them to complete before the next session. The goal should be action-specific and measurable. 
“Having an action plan really helped,” Virginia said. “Ours was to walk at least 30 minutes a day. We started at three times a week and then advanced to five times a week. 
Learning about the importance of positive thinking also motivated the couple to uphold a positive outlook and attitude.
“Try not to say ‘I might’ or ‘I should,” the couple said. “Instead, say ‘I will.’”
Virginia and Fred have had diabetes education prior to this workshop and they also attend a monthly diabetes support group, but they both believe it’s important to have a refresher course.
“There is always something new to learn when it comes to diabetes,” Virginia said. 
One specific thing Virginia and Fred have adjusted since the workshop ended is their evening snack. They used to eat chips or sweet baked goods at night. Now, they enjoy an apple with walnuts, which has helped them achieve a better blood sugar reading in the morning.
Quality Insights has a partnership with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services to offer free diabetes self-management education throughout Ocean County as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. To register for a free workshop, contact Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168. View a list of upcoming workshops