World Diabetes Day is the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes and it is held every year on November 14th. Diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process sugar. This chronic disease affects over 30 million individuals in the United States, or nearly 10% of the population, and is most prevalent in seniors.
For most individuals, living with diabetes means adopting a healthier lifestyle through nutrition and exercise. Managing diabetes requires regular monitoring of blood sugar levels and daily treatment. Family support is key in assisting with the management and care of diabetes.
For individuals living with diabetes, the CT Healthy Living Collective provides free workshops across Connecticut called “Live Well with Diabetes” to help diabetics (and caregivers of diabetics) to become more self-sufficient and learn to manage a healthier lifestyle.
“Live Well with Diabetes” is a six week workshop which helps individuals set their own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve their health and lifestyle, including: learning how to meal plan and make healthy nutrition choices, how to manage low and high blood sugar, tips for dealing with stress and fatigue, and other tips for making each day living with diabetes easier.
Other free workshops administered through the CT Healthy Living Collective include “Live Well” and “Aging Mastery Program” all of which address tips to prevent chronic illness or finding better ways to lead a better life while living with chronic illnesses.
For More Information:
The CT Healthy Living website, publishes their schedule of healthy living workshops held across Connecticut.
For immediate tips and information on diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to access tools on prevention, understanding nutrition, meal planning, fitness, and more. The ADA also provides a Diabetes Food Hub with featured recipes specifically for diabetics to guide you in making healthy meals for yourself or your loved ones!
To learn more about World Diabetes Day, including resources and ways to get involved, visit their website.