The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is holding a “¡Sí, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes!” series of classes starting March 2 in Waco.
The classes will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through March 30 at LaPuerta Waco, 500 Clay Ave.
The free event is open to the public and is a diabetes self-management program for Spanish-speaking adults with Type 2 diabetes over the age of 18.
Participants may register by contacting Israel Loachamin, associate pastor of Spanish ministry at First Baptist Church Waco and executive director of LaPuerta Waco, by calling 254- 301-4062 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This curriculum is based on the empowerment principal with an emphasis to increase participants’ self-efficacy,” said Colleen Foleen, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for Williamson County. “This is a process-oriented course, and all sessions are taught as a structured protocol that outlines the content to be discussed and methods to be used during each activity.”
AgriLife Extension specialists developed the ¡Sí, Yo Puedo Controlar Mí Diabetes! program to encourage lasting lifestyle changes in such areas as nutrition, exercise and blood-sugar monitoring, she said.
The research-based program has been educating, empowering and equipping participants to better control their diabetes using a real-world practical approach for 14 years now, Foleen said.
Foleen may be contacted for additional information on the series at 254-757-5180 or Colleen.Foleen@ag.tamu.edu.
The series will cover the following topics:
- Developing diabetes self-care skills.
- Improving eating habits and maintain good nutrition.
- Increasing physical activity.
- Preventing diabetes complications.
- Improving quality of life when living with Type 2 diabetes.