Diabetes Prevention for Youth with DD — Workshop

A diabetes prevention workshop will be offered on Monday November 12 from 1pm-4pm at Countryside Center in Palatine.(http://www.countrysideassn.org)  The workshop aims at caregivers, educators and healthcare professionals with an interest in preventing this chronic disease in those with developmental disabilities.   Continuing education hours are available.  The class is free, but space is limited.

Outcomes from this training include increasing knowledge related to diabetes prevention among children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, enhancing self-efficacy skills, and improving skills to motivate children and adolescents to eat smart, move more and stress less.  The website begins with the following observation:

Children and teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) often do not get to learn how to eat smart, move more, and cope with stress. With obesity and diabetes on the rise for both children and adults, lowering the risk of diabetes during childhood is critical. What children and adolescents do today…counts! Children and teenagers with I/DD can, in fact, be and stay healthy.

The class will be taught by Beth Marks, RN, PhD and Parul Arora, RN.  Dr. Marks is associated with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Ms. Arora is affiliated with Northpointe Resources.  The course is an offering of the  Health Matters Community Academic Partnership.

For more information on this class, contact Larissa Olson, 847-540-3736, larissao@countrysideassn.org.




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