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October 15, 2013

Diabetes education sessions offered

INDIANAPOLIS — The American Diabetes Association - Indiana Area will provide free diabetes education workshops to high risk Hoosiers beginning today at 8604 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis. The eight-week sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10, with no session the week of Thanksgiving.

This educational program is sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and is designed to reach black, Latino, and other at-risk populations in Marion, Madison, Delaware and Howard counties. The sessions offer health screenings to track weight loss, BMI, blood pressure and body fat. These measurements are offered at the beginning, middle and end of the program to properly track progress. The curriculum will include classes discussing general diabetes information, creating awareness about the relationship between diabetes, heart disease and stroke, as well as the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for the individual and the entire family. These sessions are designed for those living with diabetes, caretakers and those who are looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The topics for discussion include:

• Today, “Power Over Diabetes,” foundational module to increase awareness about diabetes.

• Oct. 22, “Fit and Faithful in Body and Soul,” learn how to integrate physical activity into your life.

• Oct. 29, “O Taste and See,” learn to integrate healthy eating into your life.

• Nov. 5, “A Clean Heart,” learn how to protect your heart.

• Nov. 12, “Just a Touch- Nerve Damage,” learn about nerve damage as a complication of diabetes.

• Nov. 19, “Just a Touch- Kidney Damage,” learn about kidney damage as a complication of diabetes.

• Nov. 26, no session.

• Dec. 3, “Train Up A Child,” teaches parents and children the risks of type 2 diabetes and encourages healthy lifestyles.

• Dec. 10, “Putting It All Together,” weekly series wrap-up session, summarizes the information learned.

To make a reservation, call 317-352-9226 or email jdefrantz@diabetes.org.

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