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Taking Control of Diabetes Together

Group Photo for JFKJohn F. Kennedy Library in Piscataway recently hosted a free diabetes self-management program and ten participants graduated. 
Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network and Middlesex County Office of Health Services (MCOHS) collaborated to offer this workshop as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative. 
EDC Logo PictureParticipants came from all walks of life. They included people with diabetes, caregivers, scientists and educators. The diverse group represented various nationalities and backgrounds. However, they all had one thing in common – they came together to learn more about diabetes. 
The program curriculum was developed at Stanford University and consists of an evidence-based
six-week workshop series. Workshops are designed to help individuals learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, the importance of healthy eating, the role of exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and much more.
Favorite topics among the group included label reading, exercise, healthy eating, stress management, action planning and preventing complications.
By the final session, the graduates realized that they are more similar than different. Many were going through similar experiences and were thankful to listen to others’ stories and perspectives, receive nonjudgmental feedback, and carry open and meaningful dialogue. 
By working together and coming up with solutions, each of them gained knowledge and confidence in carrying out their personal diabetes self-management plans. 
“It was eye opening,” Mariann, a workshop participant, said. 
Mariann was especially pleased that the workshop went into detail about healthy blood sugar guidelines. The workshop reviews blood sugar guidelines that adhere to the latest American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards. Mariann was unaware of what was considered too high or too low for blood sugar numbers. The clarification that the class provided was beneficial to her.
Ray, another graduate of the workshop, wrote a letter about his accomplishments over the six week period. Excerpts include: 
“I attended your class on the self-management of the disease of diabetes. I had some education of diabetes before your class, but your two instructors went into real detail about the do’s and don’ts of the terrible disease.” 
“Class participation was very interesting. But more rewarding was listening to everyone’s improvements of eating habits, exercising and just education about battling diabetes.”

“I would recommend this course for anyone with diabetes or taking care of someone with diabetes.”  

View a list of upcoming workshops. To schedule or register for a workshop, contact Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168 or

Learn more about the Middlesex County Office of Health Services.