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Making Changes to Live a Healthier Life

EDC Class PhotoPemberton Township Senior Center recently hosted a free workshop series that educated and empowered seniors with diabetes. 
The six-week workshop series, also known as the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), is offered as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 
EDC LogoEDC uses DSMP, which is an evidence-based program that encourages group interaction and helps participants learn how to become active self-managers of their condition through numerous tools and coping techniques.
Prior to the workshop, 14 percent of the participants reported that they know healthy ways to handle the stress related to their diabetes. After the workshop, 100 percent of the participants reported that they know healthy ways to handle the stress. 
Dawnette Picture
Dawnette, an EDC graduate, says the classes were very beneficial to her.
Dawnette, a graduate from Cookstown living with Type 2 diabetes, suffered a stroke that her health care team thinks was a result of uncontrolled diabetes. She decided it was time to make some changes.
Dawnette particularly enjoyed meal planning activities, discussion of various ways to eat healthy and the opportunity to learn from other participants. 
She has also been effectively using a phone application to track her food and has an exercise buddy who motivates her to stay active.
“Support is so important for success,” Dawnette said. 

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Joan, an EDC graduate, proudly holds her certificate of completion.
Another graduate was Joan, a Browns Mills resident living with Type 2 diabetes.  She enthusiastically took notes during each session and was dedicated to learning how to better manage the disease.
“The best part for me was the action planning,” Joan said.
Action planning is an integral self-management tool used in the classes. This tool allows participants to set specific goals for themselves to achieve before they meet again at the next session.
“I made a commitment and said I have to do it,” Joan said. “I still use the action planning tool often, and it helps me tremendously.” 
Joan also says that understanding what others are going through has helped her overcome some of her own problems. She has acted as a mentor to other workshop participants who were having minor difficulties with taking the necessary steps to ultimately improve their health.
Other topics discussed during the six week series included self-monitoring, problem solving, decision making, preventing complications, and dealing with stress and depression.
View a list of upcoming workshops or contact Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168 or to schedule or register for a workshop in your community.