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Diabetes Self-Management Education Series Scheduled for October and November

August 23, 2012         



Diabetes Self-Management Education Series Scheduled for October and November


Suffolk County Department of Health Services Commissioner James L. Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, announced today that a series on diabetes self-management will be presented for county residents in the Amityville, Wyandanch, Shirley and Riverhead areas by the Department of Health Services in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. 


This course helps people with diabetes learn effective self-management skills and maintain healthy lifestyles.  The New York State Department of Health reports that adults who have taken a course in diabetes self-management were more likely to improve self-care behaviors and clinical outcomes including glycemic control.


Classes will be offered at the following locations:


The Maxine S. Postal Tri-Community Health Center

1080 Sunrise Highway

Amityville, NY 11701

Tuesday Afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th, and October 23rd, 2012

The Wyandanch Public Library

14 South 20th Street

Wyandanch, NY 11798

Wednesday Afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

October 3rd, October 10th, October 17th, and October 24th, 2012

The Marilyn Shellabarger South Brookhaven

Family Health Center – East

550 Montauk Highway & Dorsett Place

Shirley, NY 11967

Thursday Afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30 PM

October 4th, October 11th, October 18th, and October 25th, 2012

Cornell Cooperative Extension

423 Griffing Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901

Wednesday Afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

November 7th, November 14th, November 28th, and December 5th, 2012

This program will include tips for keeping blood sugar in target range, choosing a healthy meal plan and balancing food, exercise and medications. 


Diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time.  It has become an epidemic that affects one out of every 12 adult New Yorkers. It is imperative that persons with diabetes take the necessary steps to keep their blood sugar under control and thereby avoid the serious health conditions which can accompany this disease.


Dr. Tomarken said, “I highly recommend that residents with diabetes attend these classes and improve their health by seeing their physician regularly, following recommended adjustments to their diet and including an exercise regimen in their daily routine.” 


Diabetes affects people of all ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Do yourself a favor and call Laurie Wells at (631) 727-7850 x 340 to register for this course and learn to care for yourself from head to toe.  Classes are free to all residents, but registration is required.

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Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901