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Save the Date – November 4th – Free Education Program for People with Diabetes & Their Care Partners

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couplePlease join us for this very informative event. To register today, contact Lori at 207-907-3116 or Julie at 207-907-3115. If needed, leave a message and they will return your call as soon as possible.

Who: A1C Champions team – Kirk Kenyon, who has diabetes, and Kathy, his spouse and care partner – will be delivering a free educational program at St. Joseph’s Diabetes Center to share their story about their diabetes journey together.

What: Kirk and Kathy are members of the A1C Champions® Program, sponsored by Sanofi US, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. Although the person who supports someone with a chronic disease is often referred to as a caregiver, it really requires a partnership to face the challenges and successes of the diabetes journey together.

During the 60-minute Diabetes Together presentation, Kirk and Kathy will share:
* Their story about working together as a team.
* Information about diabetes and controlling blood sugar.
* Ideas for effective communication between partners
* How to work together to manage diabetes without it becoming the main focus of the relationship.

Why: If you have diabetes, it doesn’t affect just you. It also touches your family and friends who want to know how they can best help you. While people with diabetes are ultimately responsible for their choices, the relationship with a care partner can have a significant impact on how someone manages his or her condition. If you or someone you care for is struggling with diabetes, the A1C Champions® team can provide education and motivation for working together to achieve better blood glucose control.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that that 387 million people worldwide and nearly 29 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 8 million Americans who remain undiagnosed.1,2 At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed are not achieving the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two- to three-month period.

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 2:00 PM
Where: St. Joseph’s Diabetes Center, Willette Conference Center, Building 1, 900 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401
Contact: To register today contact Lori at 207-907-3116 or Julie at 207-907-3115

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