Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes begins soon

By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, May 19, 2011

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Wise County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Diabetes Coalition met recently to plan the “Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes” program. The four-week series begins 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at the Wise County Extension Office, 206 S. State, in Decatur. Other class dates will be on Mondays, June 13, 20, and 27.

Each session is different, and you’ll want to attend all four. Some of the health professionals who will be speaking are: Dana Weaver, diabetes educator and director of First Texas Home Health; Kelly Martin, RN and certified diabetes educator; and Dr. Sandy Simmons, director of pharmacy, Wise Regional Health Systems.

There is a $20 registration fee for all four sessions to cover the cost of publications. To register, please call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 or you may drop by our office.

The series targets people with type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn the skills they need to understand and manage their diabetes, to reduce their risks for complications and to attain their highest possible level of wellness. This program aims to help people control their diabetes rather than letting the disease control them.

The sessions we will cover in Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes include:

  • What is Diabetes?
  • Nutrition: First Step to Diabetes Management
  • One Diabetes Diet – No Longer the Sole Option
  • Managing Your Blood Glucose
  • Nutrition Labels
  • Diabetes and Exercise
  • For Good Measure at Home and Eating Out
  • Diabetes Medicines
  • Preventing and Managing Complications

These classes are based on the latest research and meet the current national standards of the American Diabetes Association. It is important to be aware that classes are not meant to substitute for a physician’s care. Everyone with diabetes should see a doctor regularly.

I encourage you to call the Extension office today so that you can take control of managing your diabetes.

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