Learn all the Why’s behind diabetes
Healthy Connections is now sponsoring a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, relatives, and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. Classes last a total of five weeks, proving participants with eight unique learning modules.
The goals of the DEEP curriculum include:
- Improving and maintaining the quality of life of persons with pre-diabetes and existing diabetes.
- Preventing complications and incapacities
- Improving eating habits and maintaining adequate nutrition
- Increasing physical activity
- Developing self-care skills
- Improving the relationship between patients and health care providers
- Utilizing available resources.
The class guidelines are:
- Eight learning modules taught over six weeks
- 12-15 people per class
- Participatory teaching and learning
- Classes last approximately 90 minutes
- Classes are taught by Healthy Connections Certified Peer Educators
The five sessions will allow time to complete the eight areas of focus:
- Understanding the Human Body and how Diabetes affects your total body.
- Understanding Diabetes and Its Risk Factors.
- Monitoring your body/Understanding what your body is trying to tell you.
- Physical Activity and Diabetes.
- Management of Diabetes through Meal Planning.
- Diabetes Complications: Identification and Prevention.
- Learning about Medications and Medical Care.
- Diabetes and Depression: Mobilizing Family and Friends.
Begins: Thursday, January 24
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Class Schedule: Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, and 21.
Location: 136 Health Park Lane, Mena
Register: Please call (479)437-3449 Ext. 161 prior to Jan. 24 to confirm attendance.
Healthy Connections DEEP Certified Peer Educators:
- Mena: Michelle Gibson
- Mena: DeAnne Allen
- Mena: Brittney Sims
- Mena: Alyssa Green
- Hot Springs: Celene Viana
- Mount Ida: Amanda Bennett