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By Amy Douglas, APR

September 12, 2022

[Lecanto, Fla.] — The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program returns October 3.  The free six-week class is hosted by the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) and Elder Options.


The class meets Mondays, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Coastal Region Library (8619 W. Crystal St.) in Crystal River.  Class dates are October 3, 17, 24, 31 and  November 7 and 14.  There is no class October 10.  Seats are limited and registration is required. 


Anyone looking to discover fresh, practical ways to manage their diabetes and live a healthier life is invited to register online at  For questions contact Kathryn DeFranco ( or Mark Pagan (


Diabetes is a leading health issue in Citrus County.  According to FL Charts, Citrus County had a rate of 16.7% for adults who have ever been told they had diabetes, compared with the state rate of 11.7%.


Participants will receive tools and information to manage and take control of their health through a series of interactive sessions. The program covers the following topics:

  • Diabetes risk factors
  • Identification and prevention
  • Medications and medical care
  • Understanding how the body works
  • Monitoring your body
  • Mobilizing family and friends
  • Meal planning
  • Physical activity

The program was last offered in 2020.

For more information about DOH-Citrus, go to or follow us on Twitter at @FLHealthCitrus.


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