Live Outback Strong with diabetes

Whatever Outback Strong living looks like for you, Living Well with Diabetes can help you get there. Lake Health District is offering a free class on diabetes self-management. ( Pixabay.com images )

Whatever Outback Strong living looks like for you, Living Well with Diabetes can help you get there. Lake Health District is offering a free class on diabetes self-management. (Pixabay.com images)

Do you have diabetes?

Are you prediabetic?

Do you care for a loved one with diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Lake Health District has a resource for you. Living Well with Diabetes teaches individuals with this chronic condition how to manage their disease.

Diabetes can be overwhelming. This class can teach you how to make it more manageable, with practical, real-life tips and information about living well with the disease.

Living Well with Diabetes is Oregon’s name for Stanford University’s Diabetes Self-Management Program. It is evidence-based and has received national recognition for its effectiveness. Here’s what Stanford’s Self-Management Resource Center says about how the program helps those who go through it:

Six months after the workshop, participants had significant improvements in depression, symptoms of hypoglycemia, communication with physicians, healthy eating, and reading food labels. They also had significant improvements in patient activation and self-efficacy. At 12 months, [Diabetes Self-Management Program] participants continued to demonstrate improvements in depression, communication with physicians, healthy eating, patient activation, and self-efficacy.
— Self-Management Resource Center

Living Well with Diabetes is not meant to take the place of a primary care provider. It does not conflict with treatment patients already are receiving for diabetes or programs or medications their provider has placed them on to help manage their disease. Instead, Living Well is intended to give patients an extra tool to help keep diabetes under control so they can live healthy, Outback Strong lives.

Each Living Well with Diabetes session takes place over six weeks. Participants meet weekly for two and a half hours of engaging, dynamic instruction. The classes are free, but space is limited.

The next session has not yet been scheduled. If you’re interested in taking part, email Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) coordinator Arvinder Singh or call him at (541) 947-2114 ext. 198.