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Health Department's ABCs of Diabetes Program Receives National Accreditation

In October 2011 the ABCs of Diabetes program applied for and was granted accreditation through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The AADE focuses on seven self-care behaviors that can be tailored to each individual's needs. They include Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks, and Healthy Coping. Countless studies show the benefits of diabetes self-management education in helping people manage the disease and decrease their risk of complications. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation. National survey data indicates only about half of individuals diagnosed with diabetes receive diabetes education.

The Marion County Public Health Department offers the ABCs of Diabetes program free of charge to adults who have diabetes, pre-diabetes, and their families and significant others. In addition to four two-hour group classes, participants are encouraged to meet individually with a registered dietitian, registered nurse and health educator. For more information or to request program brochures and posters please contact Stacie Hurrle at 221-2104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration is also available online at www.mchd.com/diabetes

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