UT Health Science Center offers free diabetes education classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 8

Monday, December 31, 2007

What does a recent diagnosis of diabetes mean in terms of your lifestyle? How can you best manage your diabetes to maintain long-term health?

Where can you get reliable and up-to-date information about the latest advances in diabetes care?These and other questions will be answered during the upcoming Empower Diabetes Class at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

A new Empower series of four diabetes education sessions begins Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Hudnall Auditorium at UTHSCT, 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: Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29.

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, Jan. 4. For more information or to register, call (903) 877-7569.

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