West Side patients learn about healthy living

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About 60 PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC) patients recently gathered to learn more about how to live well with diabetes.

Thanks to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), patients and staff at the community health center were treated to free transportation to the annual EXPO at McCormick Place.

The free event was open to individuals and families interested in learning how to live active lives while having diabetes. Participants enjoyed cooking demonstrations, educational lectures and health screenings.

Many patients who attended the expo also participate in PCC’s diabetes group medical visits at PCC Austin Family Health Center, 5425 W. Lake St.

During the four-session group, patients receive individual visits with nurses, a social worker, and an AmeriCorps health educator. Patients also participate in group activities that introduce health management techniques.

Several patients from the first class continue to attend the graduation sessions of more recent groups. During these ceremonies, friends and relatives of patients come together with the group participants to celebrate the small and large steps taken to improve their health.

Two new sessions began in March with a scheduled graduation on July 15.

For more information, contact Toni Bush, PCC’s director of development, at (773) 378-3347, ext. 4231 or email tbush@pccwellness.org.

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