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Residents encouraged to sign up today for upcoming diabetes self-management classes

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

August 19, 2021


OCALA, Fla.—If you have diabetes, controlling it is a key part of living a healthy life. Fortunately, residents will soon have an opportunity to take free diabetes self-management classes to help lead them on the path to health success.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is holding diabetes self-management classes starting Monday, Sept. 13, at the Belleview Public Library (13145 SE County Highway 484, Belleview). Classes will take place from 10 a.m. to noon each Monday through Oct. 25 at that location.

The hands-on classes will help residents learn more about diabetes. Classes teach attendees about changes to daily habits that could help effectively control the disease. Class instructors will cover understanding diabetes, caring for the diabetic body, risk factors, monitoring blood sugar, meal planning, physical activity, preventing complications, and medications and medical care.

People diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, or family members of people with the disease, are especially encouraged to attend, but anyone is welcome to come to the sessions.

Interested residents are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Belleview Public Library at 352-438-2500. For more information about the class, contact Jessie Driggers at 352-644-2624 or