Workshops set for Tuesdays in Lihue

LIHUE – If you have diabetes and want to learn more about managing this condition, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to sign up for a workshop that can help you achieve your goal?

The Agency on Elderly Affairs is sponsoring a six-week workshop series titled “Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP).”

The DSMP will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Lihue Civic Center, Piikoi Building conference room, starting on Jan. 13.

Registration is required.

Developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Center in 2008, the program has been very successful and is now offered in hundreds of locations throughout the U.S.

Among the topics covered in the workshops are: nutrition and healthy eating; monitoring blood sugar level; preventing complications; fitness and exercise; stress management; appropriate use of medication; and more.

The workshops are taught by specially trained leaders and provide participants with opportunities for interaction and group problem-solving.

“We are more like coaches,” said Johnny Yago, a DSMP facilitator. “The answer to someone’s question often come from other participants.”

Doris, a 67-year-old Kauai resident who recently took the workshop, said that the workshop series has helped her tremendously.

“I now have a new sense of being in control,” said Doris.

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, please contact Yago at 241-4470 or jyago@kauai.gov.

To request an ASL interpreter, materials in an alternate format, or other auxiliary aid support, please contact Yago at the phone number or email listed above at least seven days before the event.

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