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EDC Graduate Inspired by Tool for Portion Control

EDC Picture 6Not long after the completion of a free diabetes class in West Virginia, a graduate contacted Quality Insights to talk about the impact the class had on her and the progress she has made since completing the series.

Susie Sims, the Project Coordinator for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program in West Virginia, received the call from the excited graduate who explained how the meal planning session made a significant impact on the way she manages her diabetes. The graduate told to Sims that she was inspired by the “Diabetes Plate,” which is a tool used in the class to demonstrate proper portions and food groups for people with diabetes.

EDC, which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides free diabetes self-management classes to people with Medicare, their family members and caregivers. The series of classes usually takes place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours each time. Participants learn about healthy eating, action planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, positive thinking, dealing with stress, foot care, medications, exercise and more.
“The woman explained how she was inspired to purchase two nine-inch divided plates similar to the ones used in our meal planning class,” Sims said. “She has been using the plates at lunch and dinner to build her plate the way she was taught in class – with half non-starchy vegetables.”
During routine blood sugar checks at home, she noticed her numbers were gradually coming down since she started using the divided plate to plan her meals. She was also surprised to learn that her A1c (blood sugar) level had dropped from 6.8 to 6.3 in a matter of three months. As a result, her doctor asked what she was doing differently. She explained to him how she had learned about appropriate grocery shopping, portion control and meal planning during the EDC class series and that she believed it was the reason he was seeing a difference in her glucose control. 
“She didn’t realize how easy it could be to gain control until she learned about the Diabetes Plate in our class,” Sims said. 
Quality Insights coordinates the EDC program in West Virginia. EDC uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP helps individuals better understand diabetes and its management.
To learn more about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, please contact Susie Sims at (304) 346-9864, ext. 3221 or email ssims@qualityinsights.org. To view a list of upcoming classes, visit us online at www.qualityinsights-qin.org/diabetes