Concordia Haven Apartments to Host Free Diabetes Classes

Contact: Shirley Freyer
Concordia Lutheran Ministries
Tel: 1-724-352-1571 x8266

Concordia Haven Apartments to Host Free Diabetes Classes

Cabot, PA - Concordia Haven Apartments is starting a free monthly diabetes class beginning Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Haven I activity room.

The classes will be held in conjunction with Concordia's "senior college," the Concordia Institute for Lifelong Learning. The February session is on the diabetes disease process and types of diabetes, and will be led by class instructor Terry Garcia, certified diabetes educator.

Held on the second Thursday of every month (until June 10) at one of the Haven Apartment buildings, class topics will vary every month. Each class is a stand-alone session, so participants can come to all, some or just one of the classes if they choose.

The series is designed to provide education on possible prevention, quality of life with the disease, self-empowerment and more. And it's not just for those with diabetes, but also for those who are at risk, families of those afflicted, etc.

For more information or to register for the class, contact Haven Program Director Cathy Questiaux at 724.352.1571, ext 8518.  

Terry Garcia Bio

Terry Garcia, a registered nurse who works for Concordia Visiting Nurses, has over 14 years experience in the field. She became board certified in diabetes through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators in 2005 and since then has educated hundreds of people on various diabetes topics. 

Garcia was diagnosed with diabetes 19 years ago. As of 2005, she was on three different medications as well as injections to help control her blood sugars. She finally made the lifestyle changes her doctors recommended, and today is no longer on medication for diabetes.

A resident of Butler, she lives with her husband Steve Cupps and has four children. She enjoys music, spending time with family and friends, Pittsburgh sports teams and cooking. 

Session topics by month:

February: Diabetes disease process, types of diabetes

March: Principles for controlling your diabetes for life,

April: Monitoring blood glucose, what to do with those results and sick day management

May: Treatment options, using medication safely and importance of physical activity

June: Preventing, detecting and treating complications