HelloHealthy | Winter 2018–19 3 Livin’ the sweet life with diabetes Workshops, classes, support groups, and more With diabetes rates soaring in our community, St. Joseph’s Medical Center is dedicated to providing individuals with the tools and skills needed to help prevent and manage diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic illness, and if left unmanaged, it can contribute to serious health complications. St. Joseph’s offers a full suite of diabetes education and support opportunities to help those with diabetes live well. If you or a loved one has diabetes, or has been diagnosed with prediabetes, we invite you to get involved with our diabetes education programs. They include informative workshops, peer-led support groups, clinical diabetes management services, and a dedicated exercise program specially designed for people with diabetes. For more information on these and other diabetes classes and support groups, call St. Joseph’s diabetes navigator at 209.944.8355 or visi t StJosephsCares.org/Diabetes . Diabetes Exercise Class Exercise in a supervised, safe environment with an individualized program. Regular exercise has been shown to help control blood sugar as well as lower the risk of diabetes-related health complications such as heart disease and stroke. Clinical Diabetes Management Program Our team of certified diabetes educators and specially trained pharmacists will work closely with you and your primary care physician to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Sugar Fix Support Group Know what time it is? It’s time for a sugar fix! St. Joseph’s is proud to present the new Sugar Fix Support Group. When it comes to dealing with diabetes, “fixing” sugar is not as sweet as it sounds. That’s why we offer support and education to help you keep your numbers in a healthy range. The new group meets monthly to encourage those with diabetes to take control of their health. Sweet Journey 101 In addition to Sugar Fix, St. Joseph’s has also launched the new Sweet Journey 101 workshop. This two-hour workshop is available twice monthly and offers tips and tools to better manage your health for a sweet life’s journey. This workshop provides basic information about diabetes in a fun and interactive manner to inspire you to learn more about managing your health.