Diabetes group offers free self-management programs

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

The Durham Diabetes Coalition will offer two free sessions this month of the self-management program Living Healthy with Chronic Disease.
The six-week programs start June 26 and June 28 and are open to Durham County residents. All programs are free.
Participants will meet weekly at Durham County Cooperative Extension from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting June 26 and at Union Baptist Church from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays starting June 28. Participants are urged to attend all six weeks of classes.
The program has been developed by Stanford University and aims to educate participants about healthy eating, exercise, working with health-care providers and using medications wisely. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences and work together to solve problems they face in self-management care.
“Living Healthy with Chronic Disease is for anyone dealing with a chronic illness,” said Crystal Ellis, public health educator and co-instructor. “Participants benefit so much from the classes because they can learn from one another.”
The programs are part of an effort by the diabetes coalition to reduce injury and death related to type 2 diabetes in Durham County. More diabetes and chronic disease self-management classes will be offered this fall.
To register for the June 26 program, call Crystal Ellis at 919-560-7648. To register for the June 28 program, call Joyce Page at 919-560-7109.
Visit the Durham Diabetes Coalition website, www.DurhamDiabetesCoalition.org, to register and learn more about future activities.
Each program will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Registration ends Friday.