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Space still available in upcoming free diabetes self-management classes; residents encouraged to sign up today

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

September 26, 2018


OCALA, Fla.—Residents still have an opportunity to sign up for free diabetes self-management classes. The first class in the series is scheduled to start on Oct. 2 at the Belleview Public Library, Oct. 4 at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Oct. 20 at Benevolent Church of God in Reddick.

The six-class series will help residents learn more about diabetes and the changes those who have it may need to make to their daily habits to ensure they can effectively control it. People who are age 65 and older and/or Medicare recipients are particularly encouraged to attend, but anyone is welcome to come to the sessions. Interested residents are encouraged to pre-register.

The six-week class will cover: understanding diabetes, risk factors, eyes, teeth, toes and feet, physical activity, meal planning, preventing complications, and medications and medical care. Class dates, times and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 2018, from 10 a.m. to noon at Belleview Public Library (13145 SE County Highway 484, Belleview)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala)
  • Saturday, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Benevolent Church of God (15490 N. U.S. Highway 441, Reddick)

To register or find out more information, contact Demi Danso-Odei at 352-644-2618 or