The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 27, 2013

Diabetes classes being planned for Medicare recipients in W.Va.


For The Register-Herald

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People with Medicare in southern West Virginia now have an opportunity to participate in a series of free diabetes education classes under a new project led by the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI).

The classes, part of a two-year program called Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), will be primarily offered in 13 counties in southern West Virginia, including Boone, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Summers, Monroe, Greenbrier and Nicholas. Program staff are also available to work with people and programs in surrounding counties.

The free classes are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their families and caregivers. Nurses, community health workers, and eventually volunteers trained by WVMI will cover topics that include managing every aspect of diabetes, from nutrition to exercise to important tests and exams.

WVMI is also offering resources and assistance to health care providers seeking to become Diabetes Centers within their communities. By working in both the community setting and through health care providers, WVMI hopes to maximize project impact.   

Classes will begin at the end of January. Visit www.wvdiabeteseducation.org for a schedule of classes or call 855-376-9382.