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Finding Encouragement through EDC: Tim's Story

EDC LogoTim is a Type II diabetic. His condition is not well controlled. He has hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and is also overweight, weighing around 300 pounds. When he and his wife first attended an Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) class at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Madison, WV, Tim was skeptical. His body language suggested he would rather be somewhere else as he sat in his chair with his arms crossed, often not speaking. 

Participation was a challenge in the beginning. During the first class, he refused to fill out necessary paperwork, instead asking his wife to complete the forms on his behalf. However, after the paperwork was complete and some familiar faces were found among the class attendees, Tim began to become more comfortable.
Group PhotoEDC in West Virginia 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.
During this first class, attendees learn about making action plans. They learn about the purpose of the plans and how to make their own. For many class attendees, action plans include a goal of losing weight. At the beginning of the third class, Tim proudly announced that he had lost 10 pounds since starting the class. 
Gradually, Tim began to participate more in class discussions. As an avid hunter, Tim often makes his own deer jerky, burgers and smoked meat. He began offering suggestions, such as being sure to take food and water when hunting, fishing or traveling so that blood sugar doesn’t drop. He and his wife even brought snacks to the last class to share with everyone. 
At the end of the final class, attendees presented class instructors with a card and gift thanking them for the experience and knowledge they gained.  Included in the card was the following note from Tim and his wife:  

“Ladies, we want to thank you for your time, effort and knowledge and for bringing this class to us. I personally will miss it as I’ve never wanted to go to a class before. We have learned a lot more about diabetes and how to manage it. We enjoyed the class very much.”

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network offers diabetes classes throughout West Virginia as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. Anyone interested in learning more about the program, hosting a class, or becoming a peer educator to facilitate the program can contact Leigh Rice, Project Coordinator, at (304) 346-9864 ext. 3221 or lrice@wvmi.org, or visit www.qualityinsights-qin.org