Diabetes Network News | Published October 20, 2008

Medical Center offers Diabetes Education Program during Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and according to the American Diabetes Association, more than 20 million Americans are affected by diabetes while an estimated 6.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease.

The Medical Centers Diabetes Self-Management classes, certified by the ADA, teach self-care methods based on individual needs, goals and lifestyles to those diagnosed with diabetes. During each of the four sessions, for a total of 10 hours, attendees will learn how to manage and control the disease, prevent long-term damage caused by diabetes, and increase their overall quality of life.

The Medical Center will offer the Diabetes Self-Management classes starting November 5 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Evening sessions will begin in January. For more information about the Medical Centers Diabetes Self-Management classes, contact diabetes educator Amy Leffard at 814.231.7095. To register with a dietitian for individualized diet planning or nutrition counseling, schedule an appointment at 814.234.6106.

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ABOUT MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER: Located in State College, Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, 203-bed acute care facility leading the region in medical, surgical, outpatient, diagnostic and cancer care services. The Medical Center employs about 1,300 skilled healthcare professionals and support staff, and has more than 240 credentialed, independently employed physicians in 43 specialties and subspecialties. Committed to moving Life Forward, Mount Nittany Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community we serve. For more information, visit www.mountnittany.org.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION (ADA): Founded in 1940, the ADA is the nations leading nonprofit diabetes organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy to prevent, cure and improve the lives of people affected by diabetes. The ADA provides programs in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. For more information on the ADA, volunteering, fundraising or educational materials on diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org.