Learn to Manage Diabetes and Live Healthy

June 23, 2014

Free six-week course begins July 16

Diabetes can be difficult to control, but if you don’t get a handle on it, it can begin to control you. That’s why Mercy St. Francis Hospital is hosting a six-week “Living Healthy with Diabetes” course.

The free, hour-and-a-half class will kick off Wednesday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m. and meet each week through August 20. Participants will learn how to do the following:

  • Manage symptoms
  • Communicate effectively with doctors and health care professionals
  • Lessen frustration
  • Fight fatigue and pain
  • Eat healthier and read nutrition labels
  • Keep blood sugar in check
  • Make daily tasks easier

“If you’re not careful, diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even amputation,” said registered dietitian Deanna Thompson.

Each session will be held in the Sister’s Dining Room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, located at 100 W. US Highway 60. Call 417-934-7000 to register; space is limited.

The course is a collaboration with the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center. The $20 fee for each course has been waived, thanks to a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Participants will also receive a free book, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”