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Diabetes 101

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Where: Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville

How much: $20

Contact: 888-342-2383, ext. 3166


If you are living with diabetes, or know someone who is, you may want to attend Diabetes 101 next week.

The annual event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Georgia Mountains Center.

"We've been doing this for around 10 years here in Hall County," said Mandy Reece, certified diabetes educator and event planning chairwoman.

"When we were looking for places to host the event, Hall County was perfect because it is easily accessible to the rest of Northeast Georgia."

The event is broken down into four sessions with a total of 12 workshops and an "ask the experts" panel discussion.

"We encourage attendees to plan to stay for the entire day," Reece said.

"This is a way for folks to get additional tools for their tool box to manage their diabetes."

Each session is about an hour long. Some of the topics addressed will include diabetes and bone health, circulation and weight loss options.

"One of the big highlights for the day will be a cooking demonstration," Reece said.

"During the demonstration, they'll learn ways to make healthy meals on a budget. On top of being budget friendly, the meals won't take all day either."

The event, which is put on by the American Diabetes Association, will provide information concerning pre-diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

There also will be information for family members, friends and caretakers of individuals with diabetes.

Tickets are $20, cover the cost of breakfast and lunch and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Qualifying attendees may receive a scholarship for free admission to the event.

"This event is really for the whole community," Reece said. "It's a great opportunity to meet others that are dealing with the same sort of daily struggles."


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