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Those living with diabetes can often feel isolated, especially if none of your family or friends have the disease. While you know you need to control your blood sugar, eat the right foods, and stay active – all of that can be hard to do well every day, especially when you have questions in between medical appointments and information on the internet can be confusing or conflicting.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could hear important tips, tools, and real life examples for living well with Diabetes directly from Doctors and Specialists for free AND find a group of friends going through the same thing who will support you on your journey to better health?

The New Face of Diabetes Education

For 2019, Cheshire Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Class Series has been improved, thanks to feedback from those who attended before. Each class in the four-part series is now just one hour long focusing on practical information that may not fit into a medical appointment but is more in-depth than information you can read online.

You will learn directly from specialists like a Pharmacist, Dietitian, and Physical Therapist who treat people with diabetes every day. It’s a good idea to bring family members or caretakers to these free classes, because when those around you understand your needs and how to support you, it is easier to manage your health.

Classes to Help Manage Diabetes in YOUR Life

Each series of four free, hour-long classes is on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm. Each new series starts on January 15th, March 5th, May 7th, July 9th, September 3rd, and October 8th. The class structure:

  1. OVERVIEW – A Licensed Diabetes Educator explains what Diabetes is, what it means for your body and your life, then gives you practical advice on things like foot care and managing your sick days.
  2. FOOD – A Registered Dietitian explains things like how to read food labels with examples of what to watch out for, what to do when you are eating out at a restaurant and what snacks are best to take to work.
  3. MEDICINE AND MOVEMENT – A Pharmacist talks about what different medications are available and how they could help. Then a Physical Therapist explains how different forms of exercise affects blood sugar and special safety considerations for people with diabetes.
  4. BEHAVIOR CHANGE – A Behavioral Health Specialist shares tools to help manage your stress and cope with having diabetes. She will also help you use what you have learned to form new habits that stick. That way you can live longer with more ease.

Register or learn more here.

Why Join a Diabetes Support Group?

Very simply, to stay more healthy and lively for the long-run with the guidance and encouragement of a group of people who understand what you are going through. Studies show that people who go to a diabetes support group manage their blood sugar better and maintain – or improve – their health more effectively than those who don’t.

  • Support group members can help you with problems you come across and share their experience, tips, trick, recipes, and local resources.
  • You are never alone as you connect with people who share your experiences — and you may meet new friends to exercise and do other activities with.
  • Taking care of yourself can be difficult along with other priorities in your life that can sometimes feel overwhelming, but your group members can help you through tough times and keep you on track.
  • Cheshire’s support group is hosted by Halley who brings the latest research and news on new medications, trends, and resources to discuss so you don’t have to search for them.

The Diabetes Support Group is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 3:30-4:30 pm at Cheshire Medical Center in Team F / Centering room next to Family Medicine.  You do not have to register for the support group.

The Face Behind the Program

Halley Rust, RDN, LD
Diabetes Education Coordinator and Registered Dietitian

Halley Rust, Registered Dietitian and Cheshire’s new Diabetes Program Coordinator, is who we can thank for the improvements. Having graduated from the Keene State Dietetic Program, she first moved to Colorado to work with people on kidney and liver transplant lists, many of whom had diabetes.

Happy to return to the Monadnock Region, Halley says “Now, I love teaching people how to manage their diabetes to help prevent them from getting that sick.” Halley brings a wealth of expertise about the condition and is eager to share practical ways you can maintain or even improve your health and live well with diabetes.