Workshop to help control diabetes available beginning July 16

Diabetes can often be overwhelming, not only to the diabetic, but to their family and caregivers, as well.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a six week workshop offered to assist those who want to more effectively manage their own diabetes or to help a loved one manage theirs.

The classes are presented jointly by the local University of Tennessee Extension Service and the Anderson County Health Department.

The course is evidence based and both instructors have been trained and certified to teach it through Stanford University Medical Center, who originally designed the program.

Classes will be held from 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. at the Anderson County Health Department in Clinton for six consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 16.

The last class date will be Aug. 21. The Health Department is located at 710 N Main Street in Clinton next to Head Start.

All those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, along with their families or friends, are welcome to attend.

The classes are currently offered at no charge; however, you must pre-register by calling Laura Clark at 865 457-6246 or e-mailing her at Attendance at all 6 classes is strongly recommended due to the continuity of material.

Topics include:

• Designing your own effective self-management program

• Techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, including fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, and stress.

• Eating right.

• Exercising effectively and safely.

• Appropriate use of medication.

• Talking more effectively with health care providers.

• Preventing or delaying diabetic complications.

• Dealing with difficult emotions.

• Getting the support you need from family and friends