Living with Diabetes class adds to self-management tool box

SCOTT CITY, Mo. (KBSI) – The Living with Diabetes Class carried on into its fifth session. It is part of a six-week program through the University of Missouri Extension hosted at Riverside Regional Library’s Scott City branch.

Kelley Brent, nutrition and health field specialist for University of Missouri Extension, leads the diabetes self-management class at the Riverside Regional Library’s Scott City branch.

She said this class allows those living with diabetes to add information and practices to their toolbox. 

“It really does provide the opportunity for people to learn a little bit more about it, to know what questions to ask, and to give them tools to be able to just deal through the day to day, in between the times when they see the doctor, things to recognize, and things they can do to live their best life,” she said.

Class participant Lynda Carter has been living with diabetes for 17 years. 

She said she had not previously attended a class like this, but it has been a chance for her and others to gain a better understanding of what is happening and why. 

“I feel like I’m more aware of what’s around me, and I’m feeling better because I am paying attention to what’s going on,” she said

She said the interactive nature of the class makes it a comfortable space to share concerns and advice. 

“We’ve all been able to share and learn different things and support each other in this journey that’s a lifetime for some of us,” she said.

Brent said it is that discussion, that willingness to share ideas and to help one another, which makes this class rewarding for all involved. 

“It seems like we have the greatest conversation from class to class, and it’s always different, the participants and the discussions we have interactively,” she said. “Everyone seems to come with an open mind.” 

The class will continue with its sixth and final session next Thursday at the library from 1 to 3 p.m.

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