Diabetes Education Day in Waterloo

Most Canadians are aware of the dangers of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease, yet diabetes poses a very real threat to your health.  According to the Canadian Diabetes Association: “The Canadian population is aging and obesity rates are rising. Our lives are increasingly sedentary….Currently, more than 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. More than 20 people are diagnosed with diabetes, every hour of every day.” (2012 Health Calendar). Lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk and avoid further complications in those diagnosed with diabetes.

On October 10, Townshippers’ Association will be hosting an information day on diabetes with two free live video-conferences at Waterloo Elementary School (5 Clark Hill Street, Waterloo). From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thea Demmers Polito, a Dietitian involved with healthy lifestyle promotion, chronic disease prevention, will present on Treating Yourself Well with Diabetes. She will discuss what diabetes is, who it affects and risk factors, how foods affect blood sugar and meal plans for wellness in diabetes.

Following a one hour break, with lunch provided, learn how to “Love Your Feet” with Rachel Zecuis, R.N., Foot Care Specialist and Teacher, from 1 – 3 p.m. Her topics cover why foot care is important, how to care for your feet, what is normal and what is not and will suggest great foot exercises. The afternoon session is pertinent to all seniors.

There is no charge for this information day and participants will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions. It is not necessary to attend the whole day. You can choose to attend one or both sessions, however, due to limited space; registration is required by calling Kate Murray, Coordinator for the Montérégie-East Network of the Eastern Townships Partners for Health & Social Services, toll-free at 1-877-242-4421.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. To connect with Townshippers’ Association, contact the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421).

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Sept 25, 2012 

Photo Credit:   Joshb, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Caption:  Learn how to love your feet and treat yourself well to reduce your risk or complications of diabetes at a free information day in Waterloo this October 10.