CARTHAGE, Tenn. –  Diabetes is a complicated disease that can strike fear, confusion, and helplessness in diagnosed people and caregivers. People with diabetes must deal not only with their disease but also with the impact it has on their lives and emotions. A self-management approach to diabetes education gives people the knowledge, tools, and confidence to take day-by-day responsibility for their diabetes care.

On August 17, 2018, the Smith County Health Department will be offering a free Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program workshop. The 6-week program is designed for people with diabetes and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes and work effectively with health care professionals.

The Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Program Master Trainers.

Classes will be held every Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Smith County Health Department. The Health Department is located at 251 Joy Alford Way in Carthage, Tennessee.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, please contact Megan Akins at 615-735-0242.