Diabetes is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. Young, old, male, female, it can – and does – strike anyone with equal vigor.
According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, more than 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and another 5 million areundiagnosed. And of the newly diagnosed diabetics, 85 percent are over the age of 45.
Yet with early and proper treatment, as well as increased awareness and education, diabetes sufferers can live long and productive lives. And that’s the message of two special programs offered by the Fullerton Community Center.
A four-week diabetes education class will be offered on Fridays, January 8 through January 29, 2015. The series, which will be held from 10-11:30 a.m., is designed to increase awareness about diabetes: causes and symptoms, complications and prevention, management, self-care, and other issues. The class is free; however, pre-registration is required and may be made by calling the Center at (714) 738-6305.
In addition to the class, the Center offers an ongoing diabetes support group, which meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the first Friday of every month, beginning February 5. No pre-registration is required for the support group.
Both the class and the support group will be led by registered nurse and diabetes educator Yvonne Ahmid.
The Fullerton Community Center is located at 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., in Fullerton.
Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in either the education series or the support group are asked to notify the center staff prior to attending the programs.