A SERIES of free education programmes for people with diabetes are planned for West Cork during 2012.

The award winning X-PERT programme is being organised by HSE community dieticians Bernie Dennehy and Melissa Byrne, in conjunction with local GPs.

The aim of the XPERT programme is to educate people affected by diabetes so that they can best manage their condition, improving their health and increasing their control over their diabetes.

The programme consists of a two and a half hour education session each week, for six weeks, during which participants learn all about what diabetes actually is; what treatments are available, and how diabetes is affected by weight, diet and exercise. There are lots of practical tips and participants learn from each other.

Bernie Dennehy said, “Attending the XPERT programme is proven to help participants increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in managing their diabetes, in an enjoyable group format”.

If you have diabetes and are interested in attending this free diabetes education programme in Clonakilty or Skibbereen in September/October 2012, please contact:

Bernie Dennehy, HSE Community Dietician on 086 787 1590 for Clonakilty Programmes.

Or

Melissa Byrne, HSE South Community Dietician on 087 969 6267 for Skibbereen programmes.