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Diabetes Education Classes to be Offered in at Gaithersburg and White Oak Libraries

photo older African American couple on a walkMontgomery County residents can learn how to manage their diabetes by attending free monthly education classes at Gaithersburg and White Oak libraries starting in March.

According to a news release, the African American Health Program (AAHP), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is sponsoring the event a long with a Diabetes Dining Club, which hosts monthly food tastings. The education program and dining club are designed to help the African American/Black, African, and Carribbean residents of the County reduce the rate of diabetes and diabetes complications in the community.

The classes will be lead by a nurse and dietitian and will meet for 10 hours over a course of four consecutive weeks. The classes are accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

The news release states that in Montgomery County, and nationally, African American/Blacks have higher rates of diabetes related emergency room visits and hospitalizations for both acute and longer term complications.

The education classes will start on March 1 in Gaithersburg and April 7 at White Oak.

To register, visit the African American Health Program website.

Maureen Chowdhury

About Maureen Chowdhury

Maureen Chowdhury is a multimedia journalist with Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at mchowdhury@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @MediaMaureen. Maureen authors the blog Sound Check on MyMCMedia.

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