Community health center to hold diabetes workshop series

Dayan Aguilera, RN, and Kristie D’Averso, RN, are instructors for the six-week diabetes workshop at Community Health & Wellness Center in Torrington.

TORRINGTON — Community Health and Wellness Center is offering a free, six-week diabetes self-management workshop at its Torrington health center. The workshop will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Nov. 12-Dec. 17.

The “Live Well,” workshop will be conducted by CHWC staff nurses Kristie D'Averso and Dayan Aguilera, who are certified to teach to course. Participants will learn about diabetes and pre-diabetes, including what to eat, foot care, low and high blood sugar, sick day guidelines, tips for dealing with stress, and how to set small and achievable goals. Registration is required, and the program is limited to 16. Everyone who participates will receive free gifts, and are invited to bring a support person to attend with them.

“Live Well is an evidence-based, self-management workshop developed at Stanford University,” said D’Averso. “It has been proven to be of great benefit to individuals coping with diabetes or who are pre-diabetic. Its motto is, It’s Your Life…Live it Well.”

“The information is presented in easy-to-digest segments with great coping tools that help those at risk with diabetes take control of their condition and feel better and more energized,” Aguilera said. “We are excited to be able to offer the program here at Community Health and Wellness Center.”

This is the second time that CHWC has offered the Live Well diabetes workshop with the two instructors. The program is supported by funds made available for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support under grant DP13-105. Support is also provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation, and sponsored by the Connecticut State Department on Aging, the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, along with Community Health and Wellness Center.

Residents do not have to be patients of CHWC to participate in the “Live Well” workshop. For more information or to register, call D’Averso at 860-489-0931, extension 194.

For more information about the program, visit www.cthealthyliving.org.

Connecticut Media Group