Living with diabetes and learning what and how to exercise, eat and cook to control blood sugar, weight and health are just some of the things participants at Healthy Eatonville Place (HEP) are learning. The nearly 50 participants are getting access to health coaching, health screenings, cooking classes, diabetes and pre-diabetes education, support groups and more.
Since opening in May, the community feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “Healthy Eatonville Place is doing a great job with the diabetes classes and the support meetings,” says Eatonville resident and program participant, Felix Lake, Sr. “Eatonville is truly blessed to have dedicated people teaching and encouraging the clients to live healthy lifestyles.”
HEP currently offers a monthly diabetes support group and three programs: a Diabetes Education Program taught by Certified Diabetes Educators, the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (YDPP), and a healthy cooking class taught by Hebni Nutrition Consultants called Project Oasis. More programs are being added on a regular basis, including programs on dental hygiene and diabetes and tobacco cessation.
The center’s first diabetes education session ended with the successful graduation of 12 students; 12 are enrolled and 9 are actively participating in the second session. All three programs have been completely full. The alarming rate of diabetes in Eatonville has proved spurred many to take action to improve their health and the health of their community. So, if you are an Eatonville resident and are interested, sign up early. Classes are filling up for upcoming sessions. Call Healthy Eatonville Place at 407-622-2525 for more information on upcoming programs and to sign up for a program.