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U of I Extension and Bridges Senior Center Co-host Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group for Streator

If you have diabetes, getting support is very important.  Diabetes, along with physical management, also comes with a lot of pressure.  This disease may be difficult to manage alone. Throughout the United States, support groups are offered to help the diabetes community deal with challenges and give support.  According to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health, locally, up to 14% of persons have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that poses a major health problem. In the United States, nearly 30.3 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.  In Illinois, 12.5% of adults have diabetes. It’s estimated that 84 million Americans have prediabetes, of which 3.6 million live in Illinois. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death nationally and in Illinois. Individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, dental disease, and lower extremity amputations. 


If you are looking for some group support, University of Illinois Extension offers our Back on Track, Diabetes Support Group, co-hosted with Bridges Senior Center.  Connect with others, gain knowledge through research-based education, enjoy food demonstrations, try samples from our website; Recipes for Diabetes, and take-home resources. 

Back on Track will meet on:


  • October 3 & December 10, 2019

  • Bruce Township, 216 N. Sterling Street, Streator.  

  • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. 

  • Food Demonstration and tasting included

To register, please call University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889 by October 1 and December 6, 2019.


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate or need more information please contact Susan Glassman, Extension Educator, Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois Extension at 815-224-0889. 


Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry, and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus. The Mission of University of Illinois Extension is to provide practical education you can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/blmp/