Montgomery County Launches Free Virtual Diabetes Program

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence, is set to launch a no-cost Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) for the community.

The program will commence on Thursday, Feb. 22, and run for six weeks, with virtual sessions scheduled every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The DSMP originated at Stanford University and is a nationally recognized program for preventing and managing diabetes, offering education on both the physical and emotional aspects of diabetes management. Its goal is to enhance individuals’ average blood sugar levels (A1C) and decrease diabetes-related complications.

“It is important to manage diabetes to reduce complications, and this program offers important information to help not only with the physical aspects, but the emotional aspects too,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “I urge those with diabetes or taking care of someone with diabetes to register for this free program.”

According to a county press release, the program has shown proven health benefits and complements the medical management services for diabetes that individuals receive from their healthcare providers. Participants will improve their ability to maintain active and fulfilling lifestyles, enhance problem-solving and decision-making skills, and address the challenges of living with diabetes. Workshop topics will cover improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and practicing coping skills to maintain nutrition and a healthy weight.

Individuals with diabetes or caregivers of persons with diabetes can sign up for the DSMP workshop online, or by contacting Kiera Abdul at (443) 750-4267 or T’Kia Pearson at (240) 777-1244.

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