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Participant Describes EDC Class as Astounding

Everyone with Diabetes Counts LogoAlthough Maxine has a pre-diabetic condition, she felt that she fell short when it came to interpreting food labels and understanding the importance of diet and exercise. Luckily, Maxine found a free resource to help get her health on track and learn how to avoid complications in the future – Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC).
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.
After participating in classes at Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Maxine felt much more prepared to manage her pre-diabetic condition. “I found the diabetes self-management class to be quite informative. The benefits are astounding. I have learned and now understand better what diabetes is and how to adjust to it. I know what I should and should not eat and how much and how often I should eat,” said Maxine.
Another class participant, Jane, found herself in a similar situation. “I am grateful that the opportunity to take this class was provided because I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic and that presented many questions that were answered during this workshop,” said Jane. “In this class, I received a better understanding of diabetes such as the risk factors, the importance of exercise, and the roles that stress, emotions, diet, and healthy eating habits play in diabetes. My action plans for success in preventing diabetes include exercising three days a week, eating healthy snacks, and eating breakfast daily.”
When asked if she would recommend the classes to others, Maxine was happy to share her thoughts. “The facilitator, Mary Rivera, did an excellent job presenting the workshop. She is very knowledgeable of the subject and provided great material. I recommend this workshop to everyone, diabetic, pre-diabetic, and non-diabetic as well.”
Jane seconded that notion. “The EDC class was very informative and beneficial to me. The instructor, Ms. Rivera, presented demonstrations, visual aids and many helpful tips to assist me in reaching my goal of not having diabetes.”