March 1, 2022
The MMC’s “Thrive with Diabetes” Program Now offered in English and Spanish
Diabetes can be an intimidating disease given that it is a chronic condition with no cure. It can also lead to serious consequences, such as kidney failure and nerve damage, when it’s poorly managed. Additionally, a lack of information can make diabetes care frustrating for people who just received news of their diagnosis, as well as for people who have been coping with diabetes for years. It’s perfectly understandable to feel overwhelmed if you or someone in your family has diabetes. However, living with diabetes should not be dreadful! Having a basic understanding of medications, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications can help anyone take control of their diabetes and live a healthy life. The purpose of our “Thrive with Diabetes” program is to address information gaps and provide participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to feel more confident and to better manage their blood glucose.
Our “Thrive with Diabetes”program is a combination of individual meetings and group classes, all led by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) from the Marilyn Magaram Center. All meetings occur virtually so there is no need to worry about transportation or exposure to COVID. The first individual meeting is to discuss health history and each participant’s unique health goals. The 4 group classes provide comprehensive education that all people with diabetes should know. The topics discussed in class include an introduction to diabetes, meal planning, exercise, medications, glucose monitoring, and healthy coping strategies. During the group sessions, participants can ask questions and share their experiences with one another. We want all participants to feel supported. At the end of the program, participants will meet individually with the RDN to discuss the progress made towards their goals and to create a wellness plan.
Because we care about making diabetes education easily accessible, this program is free and open to individuals diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes. The program is also available in Spanish to meet the needs of our community. Group classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings so that individuals with full-time jobs and busy schedules can benefit as well. The program is available year-round so participants can sign-up at any time. If you are interested in signing-up or know someone who should participate, email us at . For more details about the program, please visit the following websites: