The Greater Delta Alliance for Health (GDAH) will be offering a free diabetes education class beginning Friday, September 9 between 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Branch Library located at 114 West Jefferson Street.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program teaches participants how to change their lives by learning how to control their diabetes. The class will be held once a week on Fridays and run through October 7.

The course will be taught by GDAH Certified Diabetes Educator Heather Perry.

In Arkansas diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and is the state’s 6th leading cause of death.

“There is no doubt diabetes is a serious health issue,” Perry said. “But that doesn’t mean someone can’t learn how to
live with it while also having fun and meeting people who are dealing with the same problem. Our goal is to make the
class a lot of fun, which we do through games and other hands-on activities.”

The free class will cover topics from how diabetes affects the body and making sense of blood sugar numbers to coping
with the disease and how nutrition and exercise can make living with diabetes more manageable.

“This is a great opportunity for people to meet others with diabetes and acquire a really important support network.
With the class size limited to 10 to 15 people, there is a lot of time for group discussion, to ask questions and learn more
from others in your class, but we do encourage folks to sign up now for the class,” Perry said.

The GDAH hospital network includes Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Baptist Health—Stuttgart, Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village, Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, DeWitt Hospital & Nursing Home, Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, and McGehee Hospital.

To sign up and reserve your seat, call Heather Perry at 870-820-1167 or visit the GDAH website at gdaharkansas.com for additional information.