CCHD Offers FREE Diabetes Self-Management Workshops


Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD) will be hosting FREE Live Well with Diabetes self-management workshops to district residents residing in the towns of Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield. The six-week workshop series will be held once a week on Wednesday mornings, beginning on October 16th through November 20th from 9:30 AM – 12 PM at the Rocky Hill Senior Center located at 761 Old Main Street in Rocky Hill.

Live Well with Diabetes is a nationwide, evidence-based self-management program developed at Stanford University. The workshops are designed for adults suffering from type 2 diabetes, their families, and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to manage diabetes through nutrition, exercise, symptom management (high/low blood sugar, fatigue, pain), emotional management (stress, depression, anger, fear, frustration), medication, & effective communication with health care providers within an interactive and supportive environment.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes mellitus type 2 (type 2 diabetes) affects over 30.3 million Americans in the US and can result in devastating macrovascular complications such as heart disease, infarction & stroke. Additionally, diabetes is the leading cause of microvascular complications such as adult-onset blindness (diabetic retinopathy), kidney failure (diabetic nephropathy), and lower-limb amputations (diabetic neuropathy). Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), insulin resistance, and insulin deficiency. Common symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, increased appetite, fatigue, and weight loss.

Pre-registration is required & space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, please call Denise Sanderson at (860) 258-2786. The textbook ‘Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions’ will be available on loan at no cost; participants can also purchase a personal copy.

‘Live Well with Diabetes’ is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH), the North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA), and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

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