Jan 29, 2013

Wayne HealthCare plans diabetic classes

GREENVILLE – 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 glucose, 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 class series consists of four classes. The next series of classes will be offered on Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6-8 p.m., at Wayne HealthCare. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required; contact the Certified Diabetes Educator, 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 9-11 a.m. in March, June, October, and December. Afternoon classes will be offered on Monday’s from 1-3 p.m. in April, July, August and November. Evening classes will be offered on Monday’s from 6-8 p.m. in May, and September. Call 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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