J.C. Blair Offers Free Diabetes Self Management Classes
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital has announced its 2012 schedule of free diabetes self management classes. The first class of 2012 includes four morning sessions that begin January 31. One class is held every week for four weeks from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center across the parking lot from the Hospital. Individual counseling sessions take place before the first group session. The classes are free but pre-registration is required at least two weeks in advance. A series of evening classes will begin in April.
The diabetes self-management classes are designed for diabetic patients and their families to learn about diabetic control, prevention, detection, and treatment of diabetes complications. Attendees will be empowered to take responsibility for their own treatment regimens. There is still time to enroll in the first session; however, space is limited. Call (814) 643-8537 to register today.
Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
J.C. Blair staff is committed to educating newly diagnosed diabetes patients in Huntingdon County and surrounding communities with these classes. The sessions cover all aspects of managing diabetes with the goal of preventing, minimizing or delaying the onset of complications when the disease is not managed well. For more information, please call (814) 643-8537.