FAIRFIELD — Touro University California’s Student-Run Free Clinic is offering a diabetes education program that includes seven free hourlong courses covering basic diabetes knowledge and lifestyle changes to manage diabetes.
Participants will get help with such self-care as using a glucometer and foot exams. They will learn about diet, nutrition, medications, stress management and behavioral health and how to get the most from a visit to their doctor. They can get diabetes supplies and nutritional and behavioral health aids, an event press release said.
The courses will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday for seven consecutive weeks at the Norman C. King Community Center, 545 Magazine St. in Vallejo. They began Thursday.
Touro’s program is geared toward people with newly diagnosed and existing Type II diabetes, as well as their family members, the press release said. Data released in 2009 by the California Diabetes Program and California Department of Health shows that 8.5 percent of Solano County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, it said.
“As a health care provider, the opportunity to refer my patients to a free quality program is very exciting,” said Joy Dugan of Touro University of California. She serves patients daily at Vallejo’s Solano Family Health Clinic.
People can register through the Student Run Free Clinic at www.tourofreeclinic.org or by calling 653-6331.
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