Free diabetes education workshop for those with Medicare starts in Mt. Laurel in September

The free workshop series is taking place at Mt. Laurel Library on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc., is partnering with Rowan Family Medicine Mt. Laurel to offer free diabetes education as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC).

The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.

The free diabetes self-management workshops take place once a week for six weeks and are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it through various tools and techniques.

Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and more.

Officials say previous graduates of the program have lost weight, lowered blood sugar levels, improved eating habits and bonded with others in their community going through similar experiences.

Dr. Samantha Plasner of Rowan Family Medicine acknowledges the need for this program in Mt. Laurel.

“Having community support is a huge component often missed in diabetes management and this program provides that, along with critically important information that will really help my patients,” Plasner said.

The free workshop series is taking place at Mt. Laurel Library on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon.

To register, call the library’s information desk at (856) 234–7319 ext. 333 or go online to www.mountlaurellibrary.org.

There is another free series taking place at CareOne at Evesham on 870 E. Route 70, Marlton on Thursdays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955–8168.

Visit www.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 completed this program.