Free diabetes program in Newton

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— Since August 2016, 52 Sussex County residents have successfully graduated from a free diabetes program. Supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), Quality Insights has a partnership with Premier Health Associates to offer this program 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.

Originally developed at Stanford University, the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) consists of an interactive six-week workshop series where participants learn about healthy eating, exercising at any level, medication management, dealing with stress and depression, preventing complications, and communicating effectively with healthcare providers.

The 52 Sussex County graduates of the program have improved their health and quality of life; they started walking, interacted with others in the community coping with similar challenges, modified eating habits, and lost weight.

This partnership continues to empower people with diabetes in Sussex County, and two workshops will be offered in Newton in the coming weeks:

• United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen

200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, NJ 07860

Mondays, March 5 to April 16 (skipping April 2), 2018

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• United Methodist Communities at Bristol Glen

200 Bristol Glen Drive, Newton, NJ 07860

Mondays, March 5 to April 16 (skipping April 2), 2018

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for either of these free workshops, call Christine Byrne, LPN, Patient Care Coordinator, at Premier Health Associates at (973) 940-0423, ext. 291.

Quality Insights supports the facilitation of DSMP workshops throughout Sussex County and New Jersey. To get involved, contact Christina Destro at (732) 955-8143 or Visit to learn more.

About Quality Insights

Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with healthcare providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. To learn more about the network, visit

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