Diabetes Education Classes Offered in September

Approximately two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their adult lives, according to new U.S. government estimates.

The ongoing diabetes and obesity epidemics, in combination with increasing human lifespans to increase lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes to about 40 percent for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov/diabetes/).

For those who are newly diagnosed, diabetics who need additional instruction to better manage the disease, and those who are pre-diabetic, West Chester Hospital offers comprehensive diabetes education classes every month.

The program consists of two 4-hour classes, presented by a certified diabetes nurse educator, a registered dietitian and a pharmacist. Classes feature a variety of topics including: meal planning and carbohydrate counting, making smart choices when dining out, achieving better results with medication, a review of newly released medications, and how to start (or improve) an activity program. Other areas of discussion include the psychological and social aspects of living with diabetes as well as how to take control of the disease.

WHAT: Diabetes Management Program
WHERE: West Chester Hospital, 7700 University Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069
WHEN: Tuesdays, September 23 & 30 – 5 to 9 p.m.

Cost for the series is $20 which is refunded upon completion of the program. Self referrals and physician referrals are accepted. Register by calling (513) 298-SUGR (7847) or by signing up online at UCHealth.com/WestChesterHospital/about/current-events/

Free Diabetes Support Group
West Chester Hospital also hosts a diabetes support group for the community on the first Tuesday of each month. Upcoming sessions are Tuesday, September 2, and Tuesday, October 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Chester Hospital cafeteria on level A. The support group serves as a forum for sharing and discussion. Registration is not required. Call (513) 298-SUGR (7847) for information.


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