The Franklin County Health Department will offer a free workshop series for area residents with diabetes and their caregivers, according to a press release.

The six-week workshop series is designed to complement medical treatments and education provided by healthcare providers, the release said. Workshop participants will receive a free copy of the book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions.

“The self-management workshops are a great opportunity for individuals with diabetes and their caregivers to learn skills that can change lives,” Erin Laurie, health department health educator and WIC nutritionist, said. “The workshop series was developed by Stanford University and is being utilized around the world to improve self-management skills for those with diabetes. We are very excited to partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care to bring these workshops to our community.”

An informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners chambers, 1418 S. Main St., Ottawa, the release said. The meeting allows participants to learn about the program and register for the workshop series, which begins Feb. 13 and ends March 20. The workshop runs 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the commission chambers.

Space is limited because of the interactive nature of the workshop series. Individuals and caregivers can pre-register by contacting Laurie at (785) 229-3536.

The workshop series is made possible through partnership with Kansas Self-Management Education, the release said. For more information, visit