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FREE Label Reading for Diabetics Tours at Green Hills Market

Green Hills and the American Diabetes Association are hosting Julita Klopocka-Niemiec, Registered Dietitian, who will present FREE Label Reading for Diabetics Tours at Green Hills Market, 5933 South Salina Street, Syracuse.

2009 Tour Dates - all Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. are: Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

The program is geared to individuals living with diabetes and/or pre-diabetes and includes education about healthy meal planning. Participants are invited to the first hour of label reading classroom education, followed by the second hour of hands-on label reading on the grocery floor. Each participant will receive supplies and handouts provided by Green Hills as well as a Diabetes Goody Bag provided by the American Diabetes Association.

-23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes

-1.2 million people in New York State have diabetes

-Approximately 28,000 people in Onondaga County have diabetes

-5.7 million people in the U.S. (1 in 4 adults) have diabetes but don't know it

This information is from the Center for Disease Control:

-Diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and lower-limb amputations, but people with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids.

*Many people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a healthy meal plan and exercise program, losing excess weight, and taking oral medication. Some people with type 2 diabetes may also need insulin to control their blood glucose.

*To survive, people with type 1 diabetes must have insulin delivered by injection or a pump.

*Self-management education or training is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life. It focuses on self-care behaviors, such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It is a collaborative process in which diabetes educators help people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

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