Union Hospital To Present Free Diabetes 'Self-Management' Program in September, October

The Union Hospital Community Health and Wellness Department is hosting a free six-week “Healthy U Diabetes Self-Management Program” to help people diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes to effectively manage the condition and their lives.

The program will be held at the Tuscarawas County YMCA at Dover on consecutive Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon from Sept. 7 through Oct. 12. Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

Registration is limited and required, and can be made online on the “Health Events” section of the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org or by calling (330) 602-0779.

The Healthy U Diabetes Self-Management Program was developed by researchers at Stanford University and is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The program helps participants learn techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, such as:

  • Fatigue, pain and hyper/hypoglycemia, as well as stress and emotional problems including depression, anger, fear and frustration
  • Healthy eating
  • Appropriate use of medication
  • How to gain confidence and new skills to better manage diabetes and feel healthier

This program is effective in improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. During the six weeks, participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms, and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program

A grant from the Dewey H. and Irene G. Moomaw Foundation will provide each participant who completes the workshop with a free copy of the book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

Information about Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).

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