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Marion County Health Department to host free diabetes education classes in Ocala

Marion County residents, especially those in Ocala, will soon have an opportunity to learn more about diabetes during a free weekly series of classes at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center.

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County (DOH-Marion), in partnership with the Marion County Hospital District, will host the free classes on diabetes and prevention at the Mary Sue Rich Community Center located at 1821 NW 21st Avenue in Ocala.

The first session of DOH-Marion’s Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program (DEEP) will take place on Tuesday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The remaining sessions will occur at the same time and location on the following five Tuesdays through March 14.

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 focus on the importance of meal planning, physical activity, and a balanced diet, as well as teaching participants how to identify and prevent diabetic complications.

There is no cost to attend the classes, but space is limited.

For more information, or to register, please call 352-644-2624.