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Department of Health providing free diabetes education classes in Fort McCoy

The Marion County Department of Health will soon be offering free diabetes education and prevention classes in Fort McCoy.

In partnership with the Marion County Hospital District, the county’s Department of Health will be holding free weekly classes on diabetes education and prevention at the Fort McCoy Public Library (14660 NE County Road 315) beginning on Wednesday, January 19.

The Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program (DEEP) is a series of classes that aims to help participants who have diabetes or are considered pre-diabetic to better understand their condition and self-care options.

The classes will cover such topics as understanding how diabetes affects the human body and how to monitor it. DEEP will also include instruction on the importance of meal planning, physical activity, and a balanced diet, as well as teaching participants how to identify and prevent diabetic complications.

The six-week class begins on January 19 and will be held each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through February 23 at the public library.

Lunch will be provided by AdventHealth Ocala and hospital staff will also provide free clinical screenings.

Attendance is free, but space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 352-438-2560 or 352-644-2624.