Get Fit! offers free series of diabetes classes

From left are Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Coordinator Merrill Meadows, Luise and Bob Richards, and Partners for Healing clinical resources and outreach coordinator Belle Ruyten. -Photo Provided

A number of diabetes workshops, entitled “Take Charge of your Diabetes,” have been planned for 2014 and sponsored by Get Fit! Tullahoma, Tullahoma Parks and Recreation, Partners for Healing and UT Extension.

According to program organizers, the workshops are a “fun, skill-building program” designed for people with diabetes.

The program helps individuals take day-to-day responsibility for their diabetes care. Participants gain skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with their health care professionals.

The class is designed for diabetics, but it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about managing this disease. Classes will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at C.D. Stamps Community Center from Jan. 23 through Feb. 27.

Participants are required to attend four of the six sessions. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early. The class is presented by Get Fit! Tullahoma, Tullahoma Parks and Recreation, Partners for Healing and UT Extension.

“The program is designed to improve blood glucose control and reduce long-term health risks of persons with diabetes by providing the information and motivation they need to adopt positive behavior changes,” said facilitator Merrill Meadows.

According to the 2013 American’s Health Rankings, Tennesseans rank 46 for adults with diabetes, and 31% of Tennesseans are obese.

 

From left are Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Coordinator Merrill Meadows, Luise and Bob Richards, and Partners for Healing clinical resources and outreach coordinator Belle Ruyten.

-Photo Provided

Class Outline

Session I: Common problems with diabetes, diabetes as a chronic condition, self-management tools, blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating

Session II: Facts about carbohydrates, formula for a healthy eating plan, symptoms of low blood sugar, preventing low blood sugar

Session III: Preventing and delaying diabetes complications, planning low fat meals and snacks, role of physical activity and exercise, dealing with stress, muscle relaxation techniques

Session IV: Dealing with anger, fear and frustration; reading nutrition labels; endurance activities; guided imagery

Session V: Managing depression, thinking positive, solutions for communication problems, role of medications in blood sugar control, ways to remember to take medications, medication effects

Session VI: Blood sugar control during sick days, proper foot care, ways to talk to your doctor, plan for dealing with diabetes

 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitis is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, which affects how the body is able to use glucose for energy.

In order for cells to use glucose for energy, insulin must be present. In people with diabetes, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin (type 1), or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced (type 2 and gestational diabetes).

Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body in the urine. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel.

For more information, contact program coordinator Meadows at 455-2265.

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