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Posted on: November 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Public Health Sponsoring National Diabetes Awareness Month Event

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The Pitt County Health Department and  Christy Jones, affectionately known as “Coach Chris”, along with support from Vidant Medical Center Foundation, will host “It’s okay for you to be S.W.E.E.T”. With over 20 years of leadership training and development experience, Coach Chris helps empower people to get things done strategically and create balanced lives.

The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about diabetes risk, prevention and management.  Coach Chris will talk about the importance of self-care in relation to preventing and managing diabetes and being able to live the quality of life that we want to live.   Registered Dietitians, Nurses and Diabetes Educators will be available to answer questions. 

The Pitt County Health Department offers an on-going class series and monthly support group aimed at helping adults living with diabetes or prediabetes to develop a diabetes self-management plan that works for them. 

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy.  It is estimated that almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, plus an estimated 86 million have prediabetes.  In Pitt County, almost 1 in every 5 people has prediabetes or diabetes.  With both, lifestyle changes that focus on healthier eating, increased physical activity and stress reduction and coping skills can improve the quality of life of these individuals.

WHEN:         Wednesday, November 08, 2017, from 10:00am – 11:30 am

WHERE:       Pitt County Agricultural Center, 203 Government Circle, Greenville, NC

COST:          FREE! (Seating is limited)

CONTACT:   Robin Tant, RD/LDN at 252-902-2388

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