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Department of Health in Marion County provides free diabetes education in Fort McCoy

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

January 05, 2022


Ocala, Fla. — Fort McCoy area residents will soon have opportunities to learn more about diabetes at a location close to them.

The Department of Health in Marion County, in partnership with the Marion County Hospital District, is holding free weekly classes on diabetes education and prevention at the Fort McCoy Public Library starting Jan. 19.  

The Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program, or DEEP, is a series of classes that helps participants who have diabetes or are considered pre-diabetic better understand their condition and self-care.

Classes will cover topics such as understanding how diabetes affects the human body and how to monitor it. DEEP also includes instruction on the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, meal planning, and physical activity. Further, the classes will teach participants how to identify and prevent diabetic complications.

The six-week class begins on Jan. 19 and will occur each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Feb. 23 at the public library in Fort McCoy (14660 NE County Road 315, Fort McCoy).      

Lunch will be provided by AdventHealth Ocala. Hospital staff also will provide free clinical screenings.

There is no charge to attend, but space is limited.

To register or to learn more, call 352-438-2560 or 352-644-2624.