The Diabetes Community Education program at Madison County Health Department is offering free Diabetes Self Management classes coming up in December. These classes are for anyone in the community with diabetes who would like to learn more about how to live a healthy life and reduce their risks for problems from the disease.
Diabetes Self Management Education provides participants with detailed information about healthy eating, being active, taking medications, and monitoring blood sugar. “There is a lot to learn about diabetes, even if you have had it for years,” said Mae Margaret Story, a Certified Diabetes Educator at the health department.
Because diabetes affects many other parts of the body, participants learn the importance of caring for their feet and getting regular dilated eye exams. By the end of the two-afternoon class, they are encouraged to set goals for improving their own health. “Even small changes can reduce your risk of problems from diabetes,” Story explained.
Classes are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, December 2nd and 4th, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. They will be held at the Madison County Health Department’s main offices at 216 Boggs Lane, Richmond. Advance registration is required. Call 859-228-2044 for more information and to register.