Free Diabetes Programs Offered in Toms River, Brick, and Lakewood

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), collaborates with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services to offer free diabetes education as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC). The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.

The free diabetes self-management workshops take place once a week for six weeks and are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it through various tools and techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications, and much more. Previous graduates of the program have lost weight, lowered blood sugar levels, improved eating habits, and bonded with others in their community going through similar experiences.

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Since the collaboration started in October 2016, 106 senior citizens have successfully graduated from free workshops in Ocean County.

“Our participants are benefiting from our collaboration with Quality Insights and the Everyone with Diabetes counts program,” Louanne Kane, said. “They gain new tools and support through class participation and see their health goals achieved. As a result of learning about diabetes and putting that knowledge into healthful lifestyle changes, participants have reported a lower A1C and weight loss.”

There are three free workshops coming up in Ocean County:

• Homestead Run Adult Community on 100 Fireside Boulevard in Toms River, NJ 08755
Wednesdays, September 12 to October 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To register, call Kara Kessler at (732) 370-2300

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• Brick Branch – Ocean County Library on 301 Chambers Bridge Road in Brick, NJ 08723
Thursdays, October 4 to November 8, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To register, call Rob Rinaldi at (732) 477-4513

• Lakewood Branch – Ocean County Library on 301 Lexington Avenue in Lakewood, NJ 08701
Mondays, October 29 to December 3, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To register, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168

Visit to learn more about Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, or to read real success stories about people with diabetes in New Jersey who completed this program and experienced positive results.

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