Central Florida counties aim to provide resources for Diabetes Awareness Month

The Seminole and Marion Counties Florida Department of Health recognizes November as National Diabetes Awareness Month.

National Diabetes Awareness Month is observed annually to raise awareness and combat the disease as a critical health issue.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country and may be underreported.

The CDC estimates that 20% of American adults with diabetes do not know they have it.

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Both counties have their own programs and services that help people with diabetes.

Learn more about what each county does below:


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Marion County offers classes through DOH-Marion’s Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program, a six-week series that helps participants better understand their condition and take care of themselves. .

The next course is scheduled for early 2023.

Check their website for more information on this program.

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Seminole County offers the following programs and services for people with prediabetes or diabetes:

The Healthy Living Program is a four-week lifestyle change program designed to help people with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The HLP emphasizes lifestyle change through healthy eating and physical activity.

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This program is offered in person and through qualifying home visits.

Diabetes self-management education, for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

The DSME program consists of eight one-on-one instruction sessions, either by phone, online or in person.

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Topics include healthy eating, physical activity, blood sugar monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping, and risk reduction.

Additionally, for the month of November, the DSME program will conduct free diabetes screenings at the main DOH-Seminole site on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The DSME program will also provide diabetes supplies to low-income people.

For more information on diabetes screenings and supplies, or if you want to enroll in the HLP or DSME program, visit the Florida Department of Health website.

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