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Upcoming Diabetes Self-Management Education Seminars

Classes on diabetes to be held in several towns.

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South Brookhaven, NY - September 17, 2013 - James Tomarken, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, announced today that the Department of Health Services, in collaboration with Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, will hold diabetes seminars starting in October for county residents in the communities of Patchogue, Shirley and Copiague. 

Classes will be held at the following locations and times:

South Brookhaven Family Health Center

365 East Main St. in Patchogue

Monday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 21 and 28


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County

423 Griffing Ave., first floor, in Riverhead

Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18 and 25


The Lindenhurst Library

1 Lee Ave. in Lindenhurst

Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3

The American Diabetes Association says that every seventeen seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.  Many more are unaware they are at high risk.  These include African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans.  Diabetes causes more deaths a year than cancer and AIDS combined.

These classes endeavor to provide persons with diabetes, and/or their caretakers, with the knowledge they need to properly self-manage their diabetes and enable them to lead healthier and happier lives.

Dr. Tomarken encourages, “Everyone with diabetes should come to these classes and learn how to keep your blood sugar in target range, choose a healthy meal plan and balance food, exercise and medications to improve your health.”

Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and call and register for this free course.  Seating is limited so register early by calling Anastasia Loper at (631) 727-7850 ext. 340 or .  Learn how to take care of yourself “from head to toe.”