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Local residents gather information, food at diabetes workshop

Published On: Nov 02 2013 09:00:34 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The 19th annual Diabetes Workshop at Hendrick Medical Center offered a wealth of information for people affected by diabetes.

Guest speakers addressed ways to eat healthier and exercise smarter, and also taught participants how to take care of those who suffer with the disease. The event also included food samples and a free recipe book for people who want to cook healthier food options.

Jane Rowan, the County Extension for Family and Consumer Sciences, said that the number of people affected by the disease is increasing, but that it can be managed.

"If you don't manage your diabetes it can do a lot of damage to your body and so we promote managing it through diet, first of all and if that is not successful then you may have to also manage it with medication," said Rowan. "And you have to listen to your body and when you do have damage to your body there's things that you have to be in tuned to, so our program just helps to get a little more information out there for those that have had diabetes for a long time and even those that come to our workshop every year."

Diabetes Texas Style has been educating Abilene for 19 years.