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New Support Group for Those with Diabetes

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Learn about Healthy Vinegars and Oils at March Session

Diabetes can be a complicated condition to manage, but regular education and support are key. The diabetes educators with the Northern Kentucky Health Department are starting a new, free monthly support group in Kenton County that provides residents not only with diabetes education, but also a regular chance to share their experience with others who have diabetes. The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Health Department’s District Office, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Ky.

“Diabetes support groups are designed to bring people with diabetes and their friends or family together in a supportive atmosphere,” said Julie Shapero, a Diabetes Educator with the Health Department. “The goal is to help people better manage and cope with their day-to-day living with diabetes. Participants can learn from the experiences of others and share their own as they build another level of support. Participants will also get helpful tips from diabetes educators and other guest speakers regarding diet, blood sugar, medications, and more.”

The topic for the first session, on Tuesday, March 3, will be “Health Benefits of Vinegars and Oils,” presented by Melanie Cedargren, owner of The Spicy Olive. It will include a tasting of a variety of olive oils and vinegars. All attendees will receive a small complimentary bottle of flavored vinegar or oil to take home.

About 366,000 Kentuckians have diabetes. If not managed properly, diabetes can increase the risk of blindness, amputations, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and death. These can be prevented, delayed or made less serious with good diabetes management.

The support group is led by a Registered Nurse/Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian from the Health Department.

For more information and to register for March 3 support group, please call Joan Geohegan at 859.363.2115 or Julie Shapero at 859.363.2116.


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