In an effort to help people who have diabetes live better lives, Kaweah Delta will begin a series of free monthly diabetes support groups through October, in Visalia, Lindsay, Woodlake and Cutler/Orosi.
Tulare County continues to exceed state averages for rates of diabetes, according to the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency. Adults diagnosed with diabetes – one of several diseases linked to obesity – has climbed since 2007, reaching 13.2 percent in 2012, compared to 8.4 percent statewide in 2012.
Support group attendees can expect peer support in a small group atmosphere that is caring and safe. Each group will review the following monthly topics:
March: Seven Key Behaviors for Diabetes Self-Management
April: Kidney Disease/Dialysis
May: Foot care and Diabetes
June: Diabetes and Stroke
July: Rheumatoid Arthritis
August: New Medications/Treatment Options
October: Share Healthy Recipes
The diabetes support groups are provided by Kaweah Delta’s Community Outreach Department in collaboration with Kaweah Delta’s Chronic Disease Management Center, the Lindsay Diabetes Project, and Community Services & Employment Center (C-SET) Senior Services.
The free diabetes support groups will take place on the following dates and at the following locations:
-On the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Kaweah Delta Chronic Disease Management Center, 325 S. Willis St., Visalia.
Lindsay (Spanish and English)
-Spanish: On the second Thursday of the month from 5:30 -7 p.m. at Lindsay Healthy Start Family Resource Center, 400 E. Hermosa, Lindsay.
-English: On the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Lindsay Healthy Start Family Resource Center, 400 E. Hermosa, Lindsay.
-On the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Woodlake Manor Apartments, 200 E. Sierra Ave., Woodlake.
-On the last Thursday of the month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cutler Senior Center, Ledbetter Park, 12691 Avenue 408, Cutler.
For more information on Kaweah Delta’s diabetes support groups, please call 624-2416.