Care for those with Diabetes 2 costs the U.S. health system millions annually; it also accounts for economic losses through lost productivity and disability. Virginia won a 3-year competitive grant through the Affordable Care Act to combat the disease that affects hundreds of thousands in the state. It has filtered the money to localities to use for education -- teaching people healthier lifestyles and how to manage the disease if they have it for better outcomes. The next local classes are as follows:
Chronic Disease Self Management (this includes all chronic diseases, heart, pain, etc.)
¿ Wednesdays, September 17 to October 22 at Sentara CarePlex Hospital, 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton from 1pm to 3:30 pm. To register call (757) 933-2608.
Diabetes Self Management
¿ Tuesdays, August 12 to September 16 at Senior Center of York, 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. To register call (757) 890-3444 or go on-line to www.excellenceinaging.org/cdsmp
¿ Thursdays, October 9 to November 13 at Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd., Newport News from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. To register call 812-7909 or 933-2608.
To learn how to become a volunteer leader, call 757-933-2608.
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(Photo: Christine Hadley, a participant in a Hampton diabetes self-management class, strolls on the beach with her children.)