Free diabetes education classes for Imperial County

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BRAWLEY, Calif. – Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is offering free diabetes education classes to the public starting this Friday.

According to a study conducted by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Imperial County has a total of 62 percent of people affected by diabetes, 44 percent of which are pre-diabetic and 18 percent are already living with the disease.

Sandra Miramontes, the county’s diabetes educator explains what people can expect, “There are going to be given a diabetes overview, they will learn about the importance of monitoring, the importance of physical activity how to avoid acute and chronic complications, basically it’s all the components you need to self-manage your diabetes.”

The classes come in a series of four, they will be offered every other month, once a week, on Friday’s.

Miramontes plans on taking a break in September and resuming classes in October.

“The first class is a diabetes overview, and I will be asking them to make sure that we write down all the questions so before they leave the first class the will have all their questions answered,” said Miramontes.

Miramontes also recently noticed more youth being affected by the disease.

“I see it now occurring more to the younger generation, so it’s important that you get educated to avoid the complication of diabetes,” said Miramontes.

She emphasized that the whole county is welcome, “And it’s for the entire community, El Centro, Calexico, I know they are kind of far but anyone is welcome to come to the classes.”

The classes begin this Friday and the program is being offered in both Spanish and English, the English classes begin at 2 p.m. and the Spanish classes begin at 4 p.m.

For more information or to register for the classes you can contact Sandra Miramontes at (760) 351-4495 or by email at smiramontes@pmhd.org.

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