Alberta Health Services are offering free diabetes information sessions to residents who live in the Coronation area.
The group sessions will be held over four dates, by AHS professionals who will share their expertise, provide information and encourage discussions to help participants better manage their condition.
Diabetes The Basics, is offered to people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, as well as those who are at risk of developing diabetes.
“It covers nutrition, physical activity, and stress. It will also help you learn about effective strategies to manage diabetes. Even if you’ve had diabetes for twenty years, a lot of people come in not fully aware of what that disease is,” according to Paula Doolaege, a Registered Nurse and Clinical Educator for the Alberta Healthy Living Program.
“The program will talk about the different types of diabetes, what medications are available. We have a registered dietician who talks about foods that effect blood sugars, how to read food labels, how to do meal plans. We also talk about tips for traveling and when you are sick. The benefits of keeping active, and one of the biggest things with diabetes is foot care.”
The sessions will be held Thursdays, March 15, 22, 29 and April 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Coronation Hospital and Care Centre.
Topics at the sessions will cover:
– What diabetes is
– Foods that affect blood sugar
– Blood glucose monitoring and control
– Medications for diabetes
– What to do during an illness
– How physical activity affects blood sugar
– The importance of foot care
Registration is required as the dates and times may change. To do so, call the Alberta Healthy Living Program Central Zone at 1-877-314-6997.
Residents can also be notified of any upcoming classes that Alberta Health Services is providing. Visit www.ahs.ca/ahlp to sign up for notifications under the Alberta Healthy Living Program.