Kaweah Delta starts free diabetes education class series in April

VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Community Outreach will start an ongoing series of free diabetes education classes on Tuesday, April 1, in Visalia.  

The free six-week diabetes education class will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Health Net, 2121 N. Dinuba Boulevard in Visalia. Classes will be taught by Candy Silva, a community health worker and member of the Kaweah Delta Community Outreach Department.

Class schedule is as follows:    
April 1: Session 1 - Understanding Diabetes
April 8: Session 2 - Nutrition for People With Diabetes
April 15: Session 3 - Nutrition Continued
April 22: Session 4 - Medications and Physical Activity
April 29: Session 5 - Staying Well with Diabetes
May 6: Session 6 - Stress, Depression and Diabetes  

Tulare County continues to exceed state averages for rates of diabetes, according to the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency. Adults diagnosed with diabetes - one of several diseases linked to obesity - has climbed since 2003, reaching 11.3 percent in 2007, compared to 7.8 percent statewide in 2007. For more information on Kaweah Delta’s diabetes classes, please call 624-2415. 

Established in 1963, Kaweah Delta Health Care District is one of the area’s most progressive healthcare providers. It is the only facility with Magnet status in the San Joaquin Valley serving children and adults and remains the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties. The district offers a comprehensive scope of services including everything from a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program to nationally recognized orthopedic and cancer programs. For more information, visit www.kaweahdelta.org or follow Kaweah Delta on Twitter and Facebook.