Suffolk County, in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, is offering a free program for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes or their caregivers. The program is titled The Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Classes.
The program has six highly participative classes that meet as follows: Monday, July 18, 25, August 3, 8, 15, 22, 2016 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Conference Room A and B.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner James Tomarken, MD, invite residents who have Type 2 Diabetes and their caregivers to attend the program.
“Diabetes is a growing public health concern that we must address,” said Executive Bellone. “These interactive classes will provide participants with the tools to manage and control their health and to properly manage their diabetes so they may enjoy an improved quality of life.”
Topics covered in the classes include: techniques for dealing with the symptoms of diabetes, such as fatigue, pain, hypoglycemia, stress and emotional issues such as depression, anger, fear and frustration; appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; label reading; appropriate use of medication, and effective communication with healthcare providers.
Participants will make weekly action plans, share experiences, and help each other solve problems they encounter in carrying out their self-management plans. Each will receive a free book entitled Living Healthy as well as a relaxation compact disc.
“Diabetes puts the body at risk for many serious health conditions. The good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help you to restore your blood sugar to normal levels and result in significant health benefits,” said Dr. Tomarken. “This course can help those with diabetes to make those small changes and enable them to improve their overall health and well-being.”
Call 631-548-6827 to register. Free to attend once registration is confirmed.
Click here for more information, or call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County: at 631-727-7850.
Source: Press release issued by Suffolk County Department of Health dated July 6, 2016.