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Living with Diabetes, a six-week virutal program, builds community of support

DECATUR, Ill.— Living with diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming. Planning meals, counting carbohydrates, and just understanding how to adjust your lifestyle is a lot of information to digest. University of Illinois Extension in DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt counties understands these struggles and is hosting a weekly lunch and learn program to offer support.

Living Well with Diabetes, a six-week lunchtime virtual support group, will meet online from noon to 12:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27. These thirty-minute programs will feature a short lesson and the opportunity to connect with others who have diabetes.

“Living with a chronic illness like diabetes means managing it all day, every day,” says Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Caitlin Mellendorf. “While education is a big piece of this series, I hope those who attend find community along the way.”

University of Illinois Extension is partnering with other agencies for this program and has planned the following topics:

Sept. 15: Setting Goals for Diabetes
Sept. 22: Diabetes Management Beyond Food
Sept. 29: Diabetes Nutrition Refresher
Oct. 13:  Developing Your Diabetes Care Team
Oct. 20:  Planning Meals for Blood Sugar Management
Oct. 27:  Dining Out and Snacks for Blood Sugar Management

To register for this free program, visit by Sept. 9. For questions, please contact Caitlin Mellendorf at 217-877-6042.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Caitlin at 217-877-6042 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access need.

SOURCE: Caitlin Mellendorf, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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