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Certified diabetes educators teach all diabetes classes and help lead support groups at Peninsula Regional.

People with diabetes can resolve to start their new year off right with a series of Diabetes Education classes designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and disease management. We also have a diabetes support group meeting in January that is helpful and informative. The Peninsula Regional Medical Center Diabetes Education Department’s Diabetes Support Group will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016, in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center Auditorium on the Peninsula Regional campus. The speaker this month will be Ralph Bunting, PharmD, discussing what’s new in diabetes medications. Whether you, a member of your family or a friend has diabetes, participating in a support group can and will assist you in coping with the concerns the disease brings.  Presentations include information on how to better manage and live with diabetes.  Topics vary from month to month, and the group provides an excellent opportunity for all participants to share beneficial ideas and experiences.  There are no dues or fees to attend. Also available are Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon diabetes education class sessions to discuss healthy eating, activity, monitoring, medications, healthy coping, risk reduction and other self-management skills to help assist with diabetes control. The evening class session will meet at the Medical Center on five consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 13, 2016. The afternoon class session will meet at the Medical Center on five consecutive Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. beginning January 14, 2016.  All classes are taught by certified diabetes instructors. Registration is required. The cost of the five-week program may be reimbursed by your insurance or Medicare. For more information or to register, please call the Peninsula Regional Diabetes Education Program at 410-543-7061.