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OSF and U of I offering diabetes classes

Learn about diabetes, its complications and how to prevent, manage or care for someone with diabetes during the "I on Diabetes" classes beginning Friday, Oct. 4, presented by University of Illinois Extension and co-hosted by OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Attendees will taste food and sharpen skills at reading food labels, portioning foods and eating out. They also will discuss risks and how to plan for doctor appointments and develop a plan to help get through the holidays without fear. "I on Diabetes" offers research-based education, food demonstrations, information and recipes to take home. These classes empower participants with the knowledge to prevent, manage or care for someone with diabetes.

The class will meet at St. Elizabeth, 1100 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa, on Fridays, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 8 and 15. Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to noon and include snacks and lunch. There is no fee. Advance registration is required by Tuesday, Oct. 1, by calling the Extension at 815-224-0889 or registering at

People who need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information should contact Susan Glassman, Extension educator, nutrition and wellness, at 815-224-0889.

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