STAFFORD - Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun six-week workshop series.

Meet others going through similar experiences and learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, medication management, dealing with stress and depression, action planning, and much more. Graduates from this program have lost weight, modified their eating habits, started walking, and got their blood sugar levels under control.

“I have learned more in this workshop than I have in 10 years of fighting this disease,” said Marian, a woman with Type 2 diabetes who graduated from a previous workshop.

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Free upcoming diabetes self-management workshops:

  • Ocean County YMCA on 1088 W Whitty Rd in Toms River, NJ 08755 on Mondays, April 23 to June 4 (skipping May 28), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Forked River Presbyterian Church on 131 North Main Street in Forked River, NJ 08731 on Wednesdays, May 23 to June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Healthy snacks will be available and free literature will be provided.

To register for the Toms River workshop, call the Ocean County YMCA at (732) 341-9622. To register for the Forked River workshop, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.

Quality Insights is partnering with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services to offer these free diabetes workshop as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC). The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn more at www.qualityinsights-qin.org.