Diabetes Subject of Health First Event

MHA says it planned the session to spread the word about how diabetes can be controlled.

The housing authority teamed with Mississippi Health First to share ways diabetics can live better, healthier lives.

"Mississippi has a higher rate of diabetes, new discoveries, than any other state in the country," said Dr. Warren Jones, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. "And one of the things we've got to do is, one, make people aware that diabetes is a problem, Two, we've got to mobilize them to act on how to identify whether or not they've got it. And then, three, we've got to educate them on how to make sure that they can take care of their diabetes."

Mississippi Health First provides free diabetes management classes for people 18 and over.

The classes focus on health, nutrition, fitness, and medication monitoring.

If you need additional information, you may call the Health Disparities Quality Improvement Organization Support Center at 1-877-746-6465.

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