Monday, January 23, 2012

Diabetic Group Classes to be Held in February

February is American Heart Month. It is a time to help prevent heart disease by improving heart healthy habits. One way individuals with diabetes can reduce their risk of heart disease is by managing their blood glucose levels. This can be done in part by following a meal and exercise plan. Other ways to reduce heart disease is by not smoking, limiting salt and alcohol intake, and knowing your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels and how to manage them.

Why should an individual with diabetes worry about heart disease? As a diabetic, you are at twice the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack compared to someone who does not have diabetes.

Education is a great way to help control your blood glucose and reduce your risk of complications. Diabetic Group Classes are sponsored by the Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program. The classes combine visual learning with interaction between participants, to provide you with knowledge to manage your diabetes.

The classes help individuals understand the following: 1) diabetes disease process and treatment process, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the results, 4) incorporating physical activity into lifestyle, 5) how diabetic medications work, 6) ways to reduce risk of complications, 7) developing strategies for living with diabetes, and 8) developing strategies to promote health/change behavior.

The class series consists of four classes. The next series of classes will be offered on February 6, 13, 21, and 27, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wayne HealthCare. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

To meet individual’s schedules, future classes will be offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the year. Morning classes will be offered on Wednesday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in March, June, and October. Afternoon classes will be offered on Monday’s from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in April, July, August and November. Evening classes will be offered on Monday’s from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in May, and September. Please call 937-547-5750, for specific dates.

One-to-One education is also available to help you on your road to diabetes management.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education is an accredited program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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