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Diabetes: What you Need to Know (Family Members, Too!)

FACT: Every 21 seconds a person is diagnosed with diabetes
FACT: Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States
FACT: Diabetes can lead to serious complications including cardiovascular disease (heart problems), amputations, blindness and kidney failure
FACT: Certain ethnic groups are at higher risk for diabetes including African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders or Latinos
FACT: You can manage diabetes!

Montgomery County Recreation now offers two courses on diabetes for a nominal fee to help educate our community about diabetes and help those with diabetes learn to manage their disease before it leads to serious complications.

Basic Must Knows about Diabetes
1 session, $10 at Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center
This course covers planning healthy balanced meals for better carbohydrate counting, reading food labels, and how physical activity can affect blood sugar. We will also touch on diabetes medications, what they are and how they work, as well as blood glucose monitoring and what all that testing is about. Family members are welcome to attend.
4/11 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, #354427
4/16 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, #354428

Diabetes Self Management Education
3 sessions, $30 at Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center
This series of classes covers the basics of carbohydrate counting, food label reading, and diabetes medications. It will also cover blood glucose testing, what to do about the numbers, and how to prevent diabetes complications. There are hands-on activities and time to practice skills as well. Light meals are included and family members are encouraged to attend.
3 sessions starting 4/30 from 6:30 – 9:30pm, #354431