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Free Diabetes education classes offered

Patient educates peers on taking control of the disease

On September 17 and 18, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals will offer complimentary diabetes education for community members who struggle with diabetes or have a loved one who does. Real-life diabetes patient Lynda Sardeson will share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and her personal experience living with diabetes.

Lynda is a member of the A1C Champions® Program, supported by Sanofi, a patient led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® know first-hand the challenges and obstacles to maintaining control of their diabetes.

The community is welcome to attend one of two educational sessions:

Monday, September 17, 6-7 p.m., Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Community Classroom at 418 Washington Ave, Lakeview, MI 48850.

Tuesday, September 18, 4-5 p.m., Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, 407 S. Nelson St., Greenville, MI 48838.

The presentation will cover topic such as:

  •  Achieving good glucose control
  • Learning about effective self-management
  • Developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle
  • Planning and prioritizing diabetes management
  • Overcoming fears surrounding diabetes
  • Finding resources for diabetes support

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes did not achieve the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two-to-three-month period.

These events are free, but registration is encouraged. To register or receive more information, contact Bobbi Jo Kieff at 616-754-6185 x7044 or bobbi.kieff@spectrumhealth.org.

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