Physical Therapist Glenn Banks Addresses Diabetes Support Group

Glenn Banks

EXTENSION SERVICE News:

Exercise and physical activity help people with diabetes manage a healthy lifestyle. Glenn Banks, physical therapist assistant with Christus St. Vincent Sports Medicine, will be this month’s featured guest speaker at the Los Alamos Diabetes Support Group meeting. The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, June 9 in the Nambé Room in Fuller Lodge.

Banks will present an overview of physical therapy and how physical therapists can help design exercise programs specific to individual needs, that take into consideration the patients current fitness level, and any joint pain or injuries they may already have. In addition, Banks will be teaching support group participants a variety of stretching and balance exercises.

The Diabetes Support Group is open to anyone who has diabetes, including family, friends and others in a supporting role. Participants can learn more about diabetes, or reinforce what they already know.

The purpose of the Diabetes Support Group is to help those dealing with diabetes live with and manage their chronic condition. It also wants to attract people who would like emotional support for living with diabetes, as well as those who would like to learn some strategies for managing diabetes. Each support group meeting is topic oriented and members discuss the topic and related issues during the meeting.

The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service sponsors this free Diabetes Support Group. Mary Beugelsdijk, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Paula Roybal Sánchez, Professor Emeritus provide leadership to the group.

For more information, contact Carlos F. Valdez at the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, 505.662.2656 or valdez@nmsu.edu. No registration is required.

If you are handicapped or disabled individual in need of special arrangements in order to participate in this program please notify contact the Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service at 505.662.2656 or valdez@nmsu.edu.

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