HLVM program offers free sessions to manage diabetes

Cooking classes and fitness activities will be included.

The HLVM program targets people at risk of diabetes.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Diabetes has become a common problem in many people, but there is now a way to successfully manage your diabetes.

Healthy Living/Viviendo Mejor (HLVM) is a disease self management and family support program of the City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD) that has made a difference in diabetes disease self management by focusing on diabetes prevention. They have conducted twelve cycles and more than 470 persons have participated.

The HLVM program targets persons at risk of diabetes, persons with diabetes and their families and teaches how to improve life styles and make healthier choices to avoid serious complications like kidney and heart disease. The HLVM Program’s goal is to prevent and control diabetes by encouraging changes such as healthy eating and exercising.

These free interactive sessions are being offered to persons with diabetes, their family members and the general public. Everyone who participates receives free diabetes laboratory testing. Door prizes are available to those that complete the sessions.

The first session of the year will take place Tuesday, March 18th, at 8:00 am at the City of Laredo Health Department Auditorium. People are urged to bring a Texas issued ID or a Matricula Consular, along with a utility bill.

For more information about the Healthy Living/Viviendo Mejor initiative, as well other sites for classes, please contact Melissa Cavazos, Project Coordinator at the City of Laredo Health Department at (956) 721-4994.

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