’Know Your Healthy Steps’ and learn to manage your diabetes at March 14 Town Hall Meeting at Ornelas Center

Friday, March 3, 2006

If you have diabetes, you are two to four times as likely to develop heart disease as someone without diabetes. You are two to six times as likely to have a stroke. You are likely to have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage; at least 60 percent of people with diabetes do, according to the American Diabetes Association. You also face a higher risk of kidney failure; diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.

Find out how to avoid becoming part of these alarming statistics by attending “Know Your Healthy Steps,” a free seminar set for Tuesday morning, March 14, at the Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road. You will learn how to control blood glucose, lose weight, and step up your exercise routine. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is sponsoring the event, said UTHSCT special events coordinator Dexter Jones.

Free glucose screenings will be held from 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., when the seminar begins. Omayra Quijano, MD, a UTHSCT endocrinologist, and Regina Bonnette, MS, a dietitian and certified diabetes educator, will speak from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Jones said. Both are part of UTHSCT’s Center for Diabetes Care.

To encourage participants to count their steps toward better health, they will receive free pedometers.

Town Hall Meetings are educational sessions held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Ornelas Activity Center, which is operated by UT Health Science Center at Tyler. The sessions are designed to provide timely information on topics of interest to senior citizens.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (903) 877-5122.

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