San Antonio, TX 78204
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Published on Tuesday, August 18, 2020
CONTACT: Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
Jennifer Pue, City of San Antonio (210) 392-0581
SAN ANTONIO (August 18, 2020) – It is estimated that 15.5% of Bexar County adults have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Approximately 1 out of every 10 people in the U.S. have diabetes, that’s about 34 million people, and about 1 out of every 3 people have prediabetes, about 88 million. According to the CDC, having type 2 diabetes increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
To help combat this disease, the City of San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) started the Diabetes Prevention & Control program in 2013 to provide health education to the community specifically designed for people living with diabetes. Metro Health offers the Diabetes Self-Management program to people living with diabetes, and the Diabetes Prevention Program for people at risk for developing diabetes.
An important tool that will help community members find education programs and resources for diabetes is the launch of the new www.diabeteshelpsa.com website. This new site is easier to navigate, lists diabetes programs, shares resources, and has a risk assessment tool so users can determine their risk level. This risk assessment tool also gives recommendations on seeking advice from a doctor on further testing they should consider.
Additionally, Metro Health will now offer a series of virtual workshops aimed at self-management of diabetes and diabetes prevention. The free workshops are led by a trained Lifestyle Coach and will allow participants to work together in small virtual groups to learn about healthier eating and how to increase their physical activity to help lower their risk of developing diabetes. The first virtual workshops will be held at the dates and times listed below:
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
To sign up for these workshops and to see an upcoming list of virtual workshops, click on the “Current Workshops” tab on www.diabeteshelpsa.com or call 210-207-8807. For more information about Metro Health programs please visit the Metro Health website.
Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)
Categories: City News, Health