UT Health Center offers free diabetes education classes starting Tuesday, Oct. 23

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes? Are you struggling to cope with your diabetes? Do you want to know how to best manage your diabetes to maintain long-term health?

This information is available at no cost through the Empower Diabetes Class at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. A new Empower series of four diabetes education sessions begins Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Hudnall Auditorium at the Health Center, 11937 U.S. 271 in Tyler.

The goal of the Empower program is to teach you how to manage your diabetes. Each free session is offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on successive Tuesdays: Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and Nov. 13.

Sessions cover different topics, including high and low blood sugar, meal planning, glucose monitoring, exercise and diabetes, medications and insulin administration, and foot care.

Instructors are David Shafer, MD, director of the Center for Diabetes Care; Gerry Brown, physician assistant; Celia Pechak, physical therapist; Donna Walker, RN; and Karla Wallace, MS, a registered and licensed dietitian.

Pre-registration is recommended, and the deadline to register for this series of classes is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. For more information or to register, call (903) 877-7569.

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