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Genesys diabetes support group features A1C champion

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) JoAnn Henderson-Collins, an A1C champion, is the featured speaker at the Genesys Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center's support group special meeting that will be held during National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Henderson-Collins, a member of the A1C Champions Program - a patient-led approach to diabetes education - will share her personal experience living with diabetes.

This special meeting of the Genesys diabetes support group will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm, in the Genesys diabetes classroom, located in the Genesys Athletic Club facility in Grand Blanc Township.

A1C Champions is a national program that offers diabetes education workshops led by specially-trained people with diabetes for people with diabetes.These champions share their story and advice for living a healthier lifestyle as a person with diabetes. Their goal is to help others reach their diabetes management goals.

At the Genesys support group, Henderson-Collins will talk about her personal challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of her diabetes. Included in her talk, she will cover:

achieving good glucose control
learning about effective self-management
developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
planning and prioritizing diabetes management
overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
finding resources for diabetes support

Henderson-Collins was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her early 30s. By then, she already had witnessed how her mother, grandfather and grandmother had coped with the disease. No one in her family took it seriously; as a result, they lived with uncontrollable diabetes that had a devastating impact on them and the family. She did not want to follow that same path of frequent visits to the emergency department and serious health complications. As Henderson-Collins began self-education, she realized how much control she had over her diabetes. She learned that proper nutrition, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and taking insulin would help her manage her condition and maintain her health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million Americans have diabetes; six million of whom are unaware they are living with this medical condition.

Genesys also offers diabetes prevention classes, group education classes and private consultations with diabetes educators.

To attend the support group, or learn about the programs Genesys offers for diabetes patients, call the Genesys Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center at 810-606-7720.


The A1C Champions® program offers diabetes education workshops led by people with diabetes for people with diabetes. Through interactive 60-minute sessions, the well-trained Champions share their personal experiences with diabetes self-management, as well as tips for maintaining better control of blood sugar levels.

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