The Tennessee Department of Health, in partnership with the University of Tennessee Extension, will be offering a free self-management workshop called “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” for anyone living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Family members, caregivers and friends are also welcome to attend the two-hour sessions.
The six-week program provides skills necessary to self-manage diabetes on a daily basis and to work effectively with healthcare professionals.
To learn more about managing diabetes and to sign up for a class, contact the Franklin County Health Department at 931-967-3826.
In Tennessee, 13.1 percent of adults have type 2 diabetes. In fact, 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have adult type 2 diabetes rates higher than the national average; ranking Tennessee as the fifth highest state in the nation for the rate of type 2 diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program and the Tennessee Department of Health want people to know that diabetes education is needed throughout a person’s lifetime, not just at diagnosis.
Having a network of support can also help a person with diabetes better cope with the day-to-day demands of living with it.