DOVER -- A diagnosis of diabetes can initially be a bit overwhelming when it comes to potential changes in lifestyles and medications, along with the emotional stresses that can occur.

The Union Hospital Community Health & Wellness staff is again offering a free, six-week small-group workshop specifically designed for adults with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The "Healthy U Diabetes Self-Management Program" was developed by researchers at Stanford University and will be presented by nurses from the hospital on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Dover Public Library Community Room beginning Oct. 15 through Nov. 19.

Space is limited and registration is required online on the "Health Events" section of the Union Hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, or by calling (330) 602-0778.

The program, which is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps participants with the following:

Techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, such as fatigue, pain and hyper/hypoglycemia, as well as stress and emotional problems including depression, anger, fear and frustration

Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance

Healthy eating

Appropriate use of medication

How to gain confidence and new skills to better manage diabetes and feel healthier

Better ways to talk with your physician and family about your health

The program is effective in assisting participants with health outcomes and reducing health care costs. Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, gain confidence in their ability to manage symptoms and help one another solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their self-management program.

A grant from the local Dewey H. and Irene G. Moomaw Foundation provides each participant who completes the workshop with a free copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions."