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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Free diabetes education classes kick off this week at Marion Oaks Fitness and Recreation Center

A free weekly series of classes on diabetes education and prevention is beginning this week at the Marion Oaks Fitness and Recreation Center.

The Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion), in partnership with the Marion County Hospital District, is offering the free classes at the fitness and recreation center, which is located at 280 Marion Oaks Lane in Ocala.

DOH-Marion’s Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program, or DEEP, runs for six weeks, beginning on Thursday, June 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes will meet at that same time and location each Thursday through August 4.

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.

AdventHealth Ocala staff will also be in attendance to provide free clinical screenings.

The classes are free, but space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 352-644-2624.