Worcester County Health Department Sponsors Free Diabetes Support Groups in Pocomoke and Snow Hill

Snow Hill, MD (August 14, 2013) - Do you or a family member have diabetes and need additional resources and support?  The Worcester County Health Department sponsors a monthly diabetes support group in Pocomoke and Snow Hill.  Anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and its treatment is invited to attend.  

The monthly support groups are offered at the following the locations and times:
 
  • Pocomoke Library, 301 Market Street, Pocomoke, Md. - 3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
 
  • Snow Hill Library, 307 N. Washington Street, Snow Hill, Md. - 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
 
A team of educators from the Worcester County Health Department, consisting of a Registered Nurse/Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian, facilitate the monthly diabetes support group.  Presentations are also provided by area experts such as pharmacists, social workers, and other health care providers.   The group setting allows participants to learn from each other while forming new friendships and support systems.
 
Monthly sessions focus on information about managing the disease, reducing complications, goal setting, nutrition, lifestyle change, physical activity, blood sugar monitoring, sick day management, dental care, stress, medications, and preventive care. 
                                                                                                             
 
If you are interested in participating in the monthly Diabetes Support Groups or would like more information, please call the Worcester County Health Department, Prevention Services at 410-632-0056.

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