Getting a health diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to manage your chronic condition and continue living your life to the fullest.
Massena Memorial Hospital is partnering with the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative to offer a free, six-week course — “Living Better with Diabetes” — starting this month. Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management Coordinator Julie Cooke and her colleague, Jodi Regan, will present the program with information about nutrition, physical activity, problem solving, short-term goal setting, medication usage, and coping with emotional challenges associated with diabetes. Cooke and Regan are certified to present this internationally recognized, evidence-based program developed through Stanford University.
Guests can choose from a morning or evening session; morning seminars are offered from 9-11:30 a.m. every Thursday in Massena Hospital’s Community Education Room, and evening seminars will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the hospital’s board room.
Morning seminars will run weekly from October 8th through November 8th, and evening sessions will begin October 5th and end November 9th.
Both seminars are open to those who are living with diabetes, as well as their family members, friends and caregivers.
“Diabetes does not define you,” Ms. Cooke said. “You are so much more. We welcome anyone to attend this course to learn how to empower their lives. Whether you were diagnosed last week or 20 years ago, all will benefit from this evidence-based program.”
This “Living Better with Diabetes” class is just another way Massena Memorial Hospital is making a difference everyday to empower residents to take control of their health. To pre-register please call Julie Cooke at the St. Lawrence Health Initiative at 315-261-4760 ext. 239 or Massena Memorial Hospital’s Public Relations Department at 315-769-4262.