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Learning to Manage Diabetes in Church

EDC class participantsSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield is known for caring for the moral, spiritual and total well-being of members of its congregation. As part of that tenet, the congregation scheduled a health and wellness day this past November, which included a free diabetes program, healing church service, soup lunch and chair yoga. The diabetes program consists of a workshop series that occurs once a week for six weeks and allows people with diabetes to share experiences and learn ways to better self-manage their condition.
Tonia, a member of the congregation’s vestry, was a participant in a diabetes program held at the Plainfield YMCA in 2016. EDC logoSubsequently, Tonia sought training to become a peer leader, and was able to co-facilitate the workshop at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
“It was a pleasure helping participants improve their understanding of diabetes self-management,” said Tonia.
Melvin, a senior citizen living with Type 2 diabetes, expressed his appreciation for this opportunity. As a result of attending the workshop, Melvin adopted a special routine that he follows every day. He has modified his eating habits, began an exercise program, and started reading food labels, which has empowered him.
“I realized I was putting too much unhealthy food in my body,” Melvin stated. Additionally, he is staying away from added salt and sugar, which he was not doing previously.
Melvin noted that the workshop participants still keep in touch and check on one another regularly, which helps all of them stay on track with their diabetes self-management. “I wanted to take better care of my body and this was a great opportunity,” he proclaimed. Melvin encourages those living with diabetes or pre-diabetes to attend a workshop and take control of their health.
Additionally, Melvin recognizes how important it is for those with diabetes to take care of their feet. He was glad that it was one of the topics presented during the six-week workshop series. And, thanks to a generous donation from a member of the congregation, workshop participants received free diabetic socks as a gift for completing the program.