Successfully managing diabetes requires knowledge and ongoing vigilance, which at times can seem overwhelming. That's why the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) offers a free Diabetes Management Series several times a year. The five-part series provides information on how to manage diabetes through proper diet, medication and exercise. Individuals diagnosed as diabetic or pre-diabetic are encouraged to attend.
When: Thursday afternoons at 12 p.m. on Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5
Where: Knox County Health Department auditorium, 140 Dameron Ave.
How: Call 865-215-5170 to register
Parking: Parking is free and is available across the street
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In 2011, it was estimated that almost 1 out of 10 Knox County adults (18+ years) have been diagnosed with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if current trends continue, 1 out of 3 U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.
The Diabetes Management Series has been a highly sought after KCHD program since the 1970s. Due to the prevalence of the disease, KCHD also administers several prevention programs aimed at reducing diabetes rates, including the Nutrition Education Activity Training (NEAT) after-school program, mini-grants for local businesses to improve diet and physical activity among employees, walking school bus programs, breastfeeding promotion and advocacy, community engagement programs, and others.