For immediate release: Feb. 12, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is launching a diabetes self-management program starting Wednesday, Feb. 14. The program, called Take Action, focuses on seven diabetes self-care behaviors.

Darlene Cass, a community education specialist with UTMB's Community Health Services, hopes for a good turnout "People keep telling me they want classes in the evening. With this, we're testing the waters. If they show up, we'll keep it going."

For now, Take Action consists of six meetings at the Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. The sessions will be held in the conference room near the vital statistics office. The sessions are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There is no fee and the sessions are open to the public.

Here is the schedule and topics to be presented:

Feb. 14: What is diabetes, the effects it has on the body, how to make lifestyle changes and how to create an action plan to manage the disease.
Feb. 28: Managing high blood sugar and how to reduce complications.
March 14: Nutrition for diabetics and meal planning.
March 28: Coping with denial, anger, depression and stress.
April 11: Exercise and medication.
April 25: Wrap-up, with question and answer session and additional information about nutrition for diabetics.

For more information, please call Darlene Cass at (409) 747-0817.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144
www.utmb.edu