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Pennsylvania Man Credits EDC for Giving Him the Tools to Improve His Health

6/27/2017
EDC Logo PictureWhen Robert was told by his doctor in December 2015 that he had pre-diabetes with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, he knew he had to make some lifestyle changes. 
 
Robert met with a registered dietitian from a nearby Shop Rite grocery store. The dietitian looked at his medical history and offered several suggestions in an effort to help. She helped him create meal plans to lower his A1c level and an exercise plan for weight loss. By the end of the year, Robert had lost a considerable amount of weight, and his A1C had improved slightly.
 
 
But, Robert still needed more. At times he did not feel well. He soon found out about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program through an announcement in his local newspaper. The Wesley Enhanced Living Center was hosting the program, which offers free diabetes education to people with Medicare, their family members and caregivers. 
 
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.
 
Robert decided to join. At every session, he asked many questions about pre-diabetes and diabetes. 
 
“He wanted to make sure that he understood everything he needed to do to stay healthy and prevent diabetes,” Keila Canete, the class instructor, said. 
 
By the end of the program, Robert received his certificate of completion. 
 
“I now have the tools that I need to take care of my health,” he said. 
 
As part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights facilitates free diabetes education classes throughout Pennsylvania. View our schedule for a list of available workshops. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Shikina Wills, Project Coordinator at (877) 346-6081 ext. 7825 or swills@qualityinsights.org