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July 02, 2014

First in series of six free diabetes education programs begins Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church in Tyler

July 2, 2014

The first of six free classes in the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church, 1615 Texas College Road in Tyler.

The classes are sponsored by the Center for Rural Community Health at UT Health Northeast.

At the free classes, you will learn about diabetes risk factors and complications, as well as how to manage diabetes through better nutrition and physical activity.

Topics include how to correctly use a glucose meter, how to access community resources, and how to build a partnership with your diabetes healthcare team. DEEP is based on national diabetes care and self-management recommendations and guidelines.

You will:

  • Find out how diabetes affects your body
  • Make sense of your blood sugar numbers
  • Meet others who have diabetes

Have fun learning in a small group through games, activities, and supportive conversations.

The remaining five classes will take place at the same time on the following Thursdays: July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, and Aug. 7

The seminars are free, but registration is recommended. Reserve your place by calling (903) 877-8936 or emailing elisa.castaneda@uthct.edu.

For 65 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, and primary care. Its annual budget of $150 million represents a major economic impact of over $350 million for Northeast Texas. Since 2004, scientists in the Biomedical Research Center have been awarded more than $122 million research dollars. As the university medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities across the state and beyond. It also sponsors the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. For more information, visit www.uthealth.org.

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