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Additional Diabetes Self-Management Education Series Scheduled in Patchogue

October 1, 2012          

Additional Diabetes Self-Management

Education Series Scheduled in Patchogue

Great River, NY - Suffolk County Department of Health Services Commissioner James L. Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, announced today that an additional series on diabetes self-management will be presented for county residents in the Patchogue area.  As previously announced classes have been scheduled for October and November in Amityville, Wyandanch, Shirley and Riverhead.  For information about classes, please call Laurie Wells at (631) 727-7850.  These classes are a joint effort by the Department of Health Services and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to empower residents with diabetes by teaching effective self-management skills that lead to a healthy lifestyle.  

The New York State Department of Health reports that adults who have taken a course in diabetes self-management were more likely to improve self-care behaviors and clinical outcomes including glycemic control.

Classes will be offered in Patchogue at:

The South Brookhaven Family Health Center, West

365 East Main Street

Patchogue, NY 11772

on

Thursday Evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, and November 15th

This program will include tips for keeping blood sugar in target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications. 

Diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time.  It has become an epidemic that affects one out of every 12 adult New Yorkers. It is imperative that persons with diabetes take the necessary steps to keep their blood sugar under control and thereby avoid the serious health conditions which can accompany this disease.

Dr. Tomarken said, “I highly recommend that residents with diabetes attend these classes and improve their health by seeing their physician regularly, following recommended adjustments to their diet and including an exercise regimen in their daily routine.” 

Diabetes affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Do yourself a favor and call Laurie Wells at (631) 727-7850 x 340 to register for this course and learn to care for yourself from head to toe.  Classes are free to all residents, but registration is required.

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