Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a skill-building program designed for persons with diabetes. The program helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for their diabetes care.
Participants will gain skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with their health care professionals.
Schedule of sessions:
Session 1: Monday, Nov. 5 Common problems with diabetes, diabetes as a chronic condition, self-management tools, blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating
Session 2: Monday, Nov. 12 Facts about carbohydrates, formula for a healthy eating plan, symptoms of low blood sugar, preventing low blood sugar
Session 3: Monday, Nov. 19 Preventing and delaying diabetes complications, planning low fat meals and snacks, role of physical activity and exercise, dealing with stress, muscle relaxation techniques
Session 4: Monday, Nov. 26 Dealing with anger, fear and frustration; reading nutrition labels; endurance activities; guided imagery
Session 5: Monday, Dec. 3 Managing depression, thinking positive, solutions for communications problems, role of medications in blood sugar control, ways to remember to take medications, medication effects
Session 6: Monday, Dec. 10 Blood sugar control during sick days, proper foot care, ways to talk to your doctor, plan for dealing with diabetes in the future
Those who may participate are anyone living with diabetes, as well as family members, friends, or care-givers of an individual with diabetes.
This is a free, six-week program, six sessions and each session is two-hours. Participants are to attend all sessions. Each session will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Whiteside Faith Manor Apartments, 735 East 10th St.
Registration is required. For more information contact UT & TSU Extension-Hamilton Co., 6183 Adamson Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37416, 855-6113, https://utextension.tennessee.edu/hamilton.