Free Type 2 Diabetes and Me information session

Learn to better manage your diabetes at a free workshop on Wednesday, 24 February 2016.

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic disease in Australia with one in four adults being diagnosed with the disease or a condition known as pre-diabetes.

Within 20 years, there may be more than three million Australians with diabetes. Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is running a workshop called 'Type 2 Diabetes and Me' for people who are newly diagnosed, need a refresher or have been told by their General Practitioner (G.P.) they have pre-diabetes. Workshop coordinator Jenny O'Dwyer said participants would gain valuable knowledge about diabetes and leave better informed, with skills to live a healthier lifestyle; and reduce their risk of diabetes complications.

The workshop is a free, four-hour, group session which will provide information about Type 2 diabetes, communicating with health professionals, emotional well-being, nutrition, physical activity and goal setting.

A clinical nurse, social worker, dietician and health promotion officer will be on hand to deliver the most up-to-date information and resources. "A key element of this workshop is participants will have the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns they may have with experienced health professionals," Ms O'Dwyer said.

This first workshop for 2016 will be held from 9am to 1pm on Wednesday, 24 February at the Maroochy RSL Sub Branch, 106 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore.

If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or it has been confirmed you have pre-diabetes by your G.P, please register your interest for the workshop by calling Central Intake on 5450 4747.

While a referral from your G.P. is not necessary, bookings are essential.

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