Challenge Diabetes Program

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What is CDP?

People believe untrue things about diabetes and diabetics.  The ignorance creates a stigma that’s maddening for diabetics, deters many from being open about it and discourages others from seeking care.  It’s a reason avoidable complications remain common.

CDP replaces the stigma with facts by:

  • Giving diabetics information, support and positive attitudes in peer group settings. 
  • Creating an informed public that respects diabetics who fight the disease and encourages those who have it to take it seriously.

Award Winning Program


Chet Galaska, our director, was awarded the 2018 Heroes Walking Among Us award by the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society for developing the program.

People believe untrue things about diabetes and diabetics.  The ignorance creates a stigma that’s maddening for diabetics, deters many from being open about it and discourages others from seeking care.  It’s a reason avoidable complications remain common.

Learning about diabetes

What does CDP do?

Basic Diabetes Course

  • Course is 100% free.
  • Available in convenient neighborhood venues.
  • Our facilitators are diabetics that have “been there and done that.”
  • Resources to fight a relentless disease.
  • Replacing shame and guilt with self-esteem.

Provide Accurate Content

CDP uses speaking engagements, printed press, radio, television, social media and word-of-mouth to spread the facts.  The general public is also welcome to attend the Basic Diabetes Course and other events.

People believe untrue things about diabetes and diabetics.  The ignorance creates a stigma that’s maddening for diabetics, deters many from being open about it and discourages others from seeking care.  It’s a reason avoidable complications remain common.


Services

Classes

Classes are offered in participation with the YMCA of Greater Springfield, Springfield College, the UMass Amherst, Baystate Medical Center and the DHHS of the City of Springfield.

Articles

Our goal is to educate the public with accurate information about Diabetes in order to remove the stigma surrounding this disease.

Access

We are accessible to those who are needing help and resources. Reach out to us anytime.


About Us

Chet Galaska

Director Chet Galaska was awarded the 2018 Heroes Walking Among Us award by the Massachusetts Foot & Ankle Society for developing the program.

Facts, Not Fiction

What people know about diabetes and diabetics, can create a stigma that’s maddening for diabetics, and discourages others from seeking care. So we want to spread the facts about diabetes.


Testimonials

I learned so much! I met other people with diabetes, the focus on exercise was helpful and I’ve been making healthier food choices.

Pedro, 10 years with diabetes

I always felt criticized about my diabetes. CDP helped me meet other diabetics who shared my experiences and gave me the support I needed.

Curtis, 28 years with Diabetes


Partners


  • Toolbox for fighting diabetes

    The Toolbox

    September 3, 2019 by

    Three tools help manage diabetes: diet, exercise and medication.  Some people can do it with just diet and exercise, but most diabetics eventually need medication in addition. In a nutshell, here’s what the tools do:     The food you eat determines how much glucose your body must deal with.         Physical activity is the magic… Read more

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