Openings still available with registration ending Oct. 12 for free, six-week ‘Living Healthy with Diabetes’ workshop at Polk County Senior Center

Polk County Senior Center/The Meeting Place is located at 75 Carmel Lane in Columbus.

Openings are still available with registration ending today for a free, six-week-long “Living Healthy with Diabetes” workshop starting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Polk County Senior Center/The Meeting Place at 75 Carmel Lane in Columbus.

The “Living Healthy with Diabetes” educational program will provide a unique experience for people living with diabetes or caregivers.

With sponsorship by Area Agency on Aging-Region C, Polk County Senior Center/The Meeting Place and Polk County Cooperative Extension, the “Living Healthy with Diabetes” workshop is free for participants and includes free materials.

Registration by today, Friday, Oct. 12 is required to participate. To sign up, call the Polk County Cooperative Extension Service at (828) 894-8218.

The “Living Healthy with Diabetes” class will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6, 13 and 20. Each week, the class will cover such topics as:

– How to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration.
– The importance of physical activity in reducing blood sugar.
– What people living with diabetes can eat.
– The appropriate use of medication.
– How to work with health care providers.

Participants attending the six-week-long course will learn how to manage their diabetes,
be able to share their experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program. Free pedometers will be given to attendees who attend all six classes.

More than 100 million adults in the United States are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also reports that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. In 2015, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths and in 2012, high blood glucose was the cause of another 2.2 million deaths.