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Diabetes Self-Management Education Series Scheduled

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services James L. Tomarken, MD, MSW, MPH, FRCPC, FACP, announced today that a series on diabetes self-management will be presented for residents in the Amityville, Patchogue and Deer Park areas by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

(See note below concerning Riverhead Series announced last month.)

The classes will be offered at:
Deer Park Public Library, 44 Lake Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729 on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, and May 25th

The Maxine S. Postal Tri-Community Health Center 1080 Sunrise Highway, Amityville, NY 11701 Riverhead, NY 11901 on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th and April 5th.

South Brookhaven Family Health Center – West 365 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772 on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th and April 12th

As announced last month, classes will also be offered for residents on the east end at: Cornell Cooperation Extension 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

February 2nd, February 9th, February 16th, and February 23rd (Reunion class – Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:30 PM)

To register: for this program at one of the above sites, please call: Laurie Wells at (631) 727-7850 ext. 340.  Classes are open to all community residents and there is no charge to attend.  Seating is limited, however, and registration is required.

These classes are designed to teach people how to manage their diabetes to improve their overall health and minimize the complications that often accompany the disease. County Executive Levy encourages all Suffolk County residents who have diabetes or who care for someone with diabetes to attend this program and learn how to make life-style changes that will lead to longer and healthier lives.

Dr. Tomarken said, “The New York State Department of Health lists diabetes as the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time; and it thereby deserves our utmost concern. Since 1994, the number of people in NYS with diabetes has more than doubled and it is expected that that number will double again by 2050.  It is vital that persons with diabetes take an active role in managing their disease by seeing their physician regularly, following recommended adjustments to their diet and including an exercise regimen in their daily routine.”

While diabetes affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that one in every two Hispanic/Latino children born in this country will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

This program will include tips for keeping blood sugar in target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications. Learn the latest information on medications available and how to help them work effectively.

Do yourself a favor and take an important step toward improving your health. Call Laurie Wells at (631) 727-7850 x 340 to register for this beneficial program.  Learn how to cope with stress, find resources in your community and care for yourself “from head to toe.”

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