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First in series of six free diabetes education programs begins Tuesday, June 17, at Moses Chapel in Gilmer

June 15, 2014

GILMER – The first of six free classes in the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Moses Chapel, 400 E. Taylor in Gilmer.

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

Participants 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 their diabetes healthcare team. DEEP is based on national diabetes care and self-management recommendations and guidelines.

At the free classes, 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 classes will take place at the same time on the following Tuesdays: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22.

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 $347 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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