La Opinión featured the diabetes classes of L.A. Care's Boyle Heights Family Resource Center in "Diabetes robs latinos of prosperous lives". The piece talks about the impact of uncontrolled diabetes in the Latino community, including amputations and vision loss.
According to the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, 42% of Latinos statewide are living with undiagnosed diabetes. The article points to the importance of education and motivating Latinos to take ownership of their diet and exercise habits as the first step in the battle against diabetes.
Housed in the Wellness Center at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, L.A. Care's Boyle Heights Family Resource Center acts as a vital programming partner, providing Latino-themed outreach efforts to both diagnose and treat the disease in the Latino community.
One of the most active efforts at the center, located on the campus of the old General Hospital, is weekly diabetes classes offered by L.A. Care, a health care system that works in partnership with the hospital.
These workshops take place every Monday between 1:30-3:30 p.m. and cover everything, from the blood sugar levels that make someone diabetic, to healthy ways of cooking to get back on track. The center also has yoga classes and, group walks.
Please visit L.A. Care's Boyle Heights Resource Center for more information on classes and workshops.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.