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Diabetes Classes Help Participant Motivate Others

2/22/2018
EDC logoLance spent much of his career traveling Asia and Europe as a freelance writer and photographer. It never crossed his mind that he could develop diabetes, but when he was back in the United States his doctor suggested that he get a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test. It indicated that he was diabetic. That was more than 13 years ago.
 
At first, Lance did not make too many changes to manage his diabetes. As he began to learn about his condition, he began choosing healthier foods, walking more, and monitoring his diabetes more carefully. When he heard about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) diabetes program, he was excited to participate so that he could learn more.
 
EDC in Pennsylvania uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum created by the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
 
Lance participated in EDC classes hosted by the Food and Wellness Network (FAWN) of the Turning Points for Children program in Philadelphia. At the end of the third session, Lance approached the instructor and asked if he could share his testimonial with the group. The instructor readily agreed and Lance shared his story with great emotion.
 
In addition to helping motivate others, the classes have helped Lance learn how to manage his diabetes. He was pleased to share with the class that when his doctor last checked his A1c levels, the results were good and he no longer has to take diabetes medication.