Good Sam offers diabetes education course

Did you know that people with diabetes or pre-diabetes can reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, blindness, and amputations through education on how to better manage their blood sugar levels?

St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital is offering a free, fun, hands-on diabetes education course every Wednesday from July 12 to Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m., at the hospital, located at 1501 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro. Participants will learn from health care professionals as well as from each other. They will receive and share information and coping strategies that can make a huge difference in quality and length of life.

The course will be facilitated by Bria Brown, a certified diabetes peer educator and Good Samaritan Hospital's outreach coordinator.

"If you change your diabetes, you are almost guaranteed to change your life," Brown says. "Our course will help you learn how to get your blood glucose under control and keep it under control to help prevent the devastating health effects of uncontrolled diabetes."

The course is especially helpful for older adults who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Course materials were developed by GMCF for Alliant Quality Innovation Network, the Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia and North Carolina. No physician referral is needed. Whether you have Medicare, private insurance or no insurance, this course is free and open to everyone. Space is limited because a small class size is an important part of the learning experience, so call soon to enroll.

For information or to sign up, please contact Bria Brown at 706.453.5167.

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