Allison Choate, Registered Dietitian at Caldwell County’s Health First Community Health Center, was in studio Thursday morning to talk to WPKY about the Health Center’s upcoming free diabetes classes.

Allison first told listeners a bit more about Health First Community Health Centers, stating that here in Caldwell County they offer primary care services, behavioral health services, nutritional services, and have a nurse practitioner on site. She also said that there are, in total, seven Health First Community Health Centers across Western Kentucky, which also offer women’s health services, pre-natal care, dermatological services, and more. She also noted that all of the Health First Health Centers take most commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicade, but did suggest that it’s best to call before scheduling an appointment to make sure they take your insurance.

Allison then told listeners that 1 in 3 adults in Kentucky have pre-diabetes and that 6 percent of adults in Caldwell County have diabetes. Because of this Health First wanted to make it easier for those who have been diagnosed or those who are pre-diabetic to become educated on the disease. Therefore, they are offering free diabetes classes in partnership with the Caldwell County Extension Office. Classes will be held at the Extension Office, located on Highway 62 West in Princeton, from 5 to 7PM on May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and June 1st. The classes are open to all in the community and are geared toward those with a diabetes diagnosis, caretakers of those with a diabetes diagnosis, those with pre-diabetes, or those who wish to learn more about the disease, how to control it, and how to prevent it. The class will cover symptoms and risk factors, managing what you eat, how to live an active life, and how to prevent complications from the disease.

Allison stated that the class will be interactive with hands-on activities and examples and that classes will deal with different topics so it’s best to attend each class of the session. At the end of the five class session all participants will receive a graduation certificate and a free gift. Allison said that currently they have four to five spots open, so call 270-365-9455 to reserve your spot today.

You can catch the full interview with Allison Choate below.