Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), is partnering with The Township of Edison, Department of Health & Human Services to provide free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.

The free workshops follow the Diabetes Self-Management Program developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Workshops are designed to help individuals learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their health through behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants will learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, the importance of healthy eating, the role of exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications, effective communication with healthcare providers, and much more.

This free six-week workshop will be offered at Minnie B. Veal Recreation Center on 1070 Grove Avenue in Edison, New Jersey 08820. Workshops are on Mondays from May 15 to June 26, 2017 (excluding Memorial Day, May 29) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All attendees must register by the second workshop session. Each participant (one per household) will receive a complimentary textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition ($20 value). 

For more information, or to register for these workshops, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168. Visitwww.qualityinsights-qin.org to learn more about Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, or to read real success stories about people with diabetes in New Jersey who have completed this program and made motivational improvements to their health and lives.