X-PERT, a free education programme for people with type 2 Diabetes is to take place in Tipperary Town from Wednesday, April 17th. Diabetes, particularly type 2 Diabetes, is a major public health issue and is on the rise in Ireland.
In order to help address this, HSE Community Dietitians in the South Tipperary area are delivering the X-PERT Programme – an award winning group programme which aims to inform people about their diabetes enabling them to better look after themselves and their condition. Participants in this education programme in Tipperary Town will be helped to have more control over their diabetes and to improve their health. The programme will commence from April 17th at the Knockanrawley Resource Centre in Tipperary and will continue at that time and venue once weekly for 6 weeks. The programme is free of charge to anyone with type 2 diabetes. More programmes in other areas of South Tipperary will be offered later in the year.
Speaking about the programme, Susan Higgins, Community Dietitian Manager, HSE South (East) said: “The motivation for this education programme is due to the prevalence of type 2 Diabetes, which has increased globally in recent years. This is a major cause of concern to health care professionals. The HSE’s Community Dietitians hope that by providing and supporting patients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to self-manage their condition, their health will improve and it will be a win-win situation for all”. The X—PERT programme is free, informal and participants get a handbook of information. Members of the public can phone Maureen Murray, Community Dietitian at (087) 226 1317.