Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Forked River

Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun program.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), is continuing its partnership with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services and will provide free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.

The free workshops follow the Diabetes Self-Management Program originally developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Workshops are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants will learn about preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications, effective communication with healthcare providers, and much more.

“It is always good to have a refresher course. There is always something new to learn,” said Virginia and Fred, two Ocean County residents who recently completed the program in Tuckerton. The couple stated that they adjusted their night snack to an apple and walnuts and that has improved their morning blood sugar levels.

The free six-week workshop series will be taking place at Lacey Library on E. Lacey Road in Forked River, NJ 08731. Workshops are on Wednesdays, September 13 to October 18, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. All attendees must register by the second workshop session. Each participant (one per household) will receive a complimentary textbook, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 4th edition ($20 value).

For more information or to register for these free workshops, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168. Visit to learn more about the program or read real success stories about EDC graduates who have made positive changes to their lives.