ISEB Hosts Diabetes Workshop for Seniors
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

The Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) is organizing a seven-week workshop for seniors on diabetes. The workshop comes within the framework of Alameda County’s Public Health Awareness Program.

Alameda County has a diverse population of almost 1.5 million, 60,000 of whom have Type 2 diabetes, according to official statistics. Approximately 1,400,000 of adult Californians have been diagnosed with diabetes at a cost of more than $12 billion a year.

The program, testifying to ‘prevention is better than cure’ strategy, is conducted in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English languages.

Rajinder Singh, a diabetes educator, is conducting the program at the ISEB Islamic Center. She is fluent in all the four languages.

She says the objective of the seven-week workshop is to teach:

How to manage diabetes?
How to take medication?
How and why to monitor blood sugar, manage stress, be active?
How to enjoy the foods one loves while controlling diabetes?

Educational material, measuring utensils, diabetic ID bracelets, glucose tablets and pedometers are provided free of charge to the participants.

The diabetes educational program is presented with the cooperation and coordination of the Muslim Support Network (MSN). Zeby Mohsin, MSN Vice President, says this is the second diabetes workshop arranged by her organization in cooperation with the Alameda County. Last year also Rajinder Singh conducted a similar seven-week workshop for the MSN seniors and she was invited again because it helped many seniors to managing their diabetes.

Abdulrazzak Adenwala, MSN Public Relations Secretary, has thanked the ISEB Executive Board for providing Iqra room of the ISEB center to conduct the diabetes educational program. He said everybody is welcomed to attend this program which is held on every Monday from 11 AM to 1PM.

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