UTCO in Nueces County is working to ”Transform Texas” under the
LONG LIVE TEXANS campaign!
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For local information, please call the Nueces County Program Coordinator at
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc.
HEALTHY LIVING & ADVOCACY CENTER
Join us on your journey for controlling your diabetes!
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This program is a proud member of the DCC!
Diabetes Coalition of the Coastal Bend
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PLEASE CALL US AT 361.442.2224 FOR CLASS INFORMATION
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The Healthy Living & Advocacy Center 1125 S. Port Ave. Corpus Christi, Texas 78405
About the program…
The UTCO Nueces County Diabetes Prevention Program promotes educational classes and physical activities to prevent the onset or progression of diabetes.
An outreach team of Community Health Workers provides education and support to clients throughout Nueces and neighboring counties working closely with the community: in private homes, churches, schools, and community centers.
Programming in Nueces County includes…
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A comprehensive program is available to assist clients in finding the least-cost formulary for their monthly prescription medications. Community Health Workers educate clients on how to best manage their medication budget and help them to navigate through their respective health plans. Application assistance is available for clients who qualify for programs offered via pharmaceutical companies. The goal for the client is to have a long-term plan for accessing their much needed medications. Some restrictions apply. Please call (361)442-2224 for additional information.
Since 2009, Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc. in partnership with UTCO has offered services throughout the Coastal Bend. Present and past programming includes:
School-based Nutrition and Exercise Classes
An elementary school-based curriculum created for students in grades 2-8. CHWs provide instruction emphasizing the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Each class includes a physical activity and a healthy snack. Nutrition classes include activities centered around the community garden planted on school grounds.
Family-centered Cooking Classes
Cooking demonstrations involving foods typical of local family kitchens include lessons on food preparation, portion control, shopping on a budget and understanding nutritional values. The recipes prepared teach the concept of substituting with healthier ingredients while keeping the desired flavor of the foods. In some instances, participants are given the ingredients to take home and cook and serve a family-size portion of the respective recipe.
Community Garden Projects
Gardens containing fruits and vegetables are planted in community settings such as schools and community centers. Educational activities organized around the gardens teach the value of planting, harvesting and eating fresh produce. Gardening promotes outdoor exercise, as well as healthy and affordable eating, as participants learn to grow their own food. Communities come together to maintain the gardens so that multiple families benefit from the harvest.
Exercise classes are conducted throughout Nueces County linking clients to age-appropriate physical activities. Coordination with fitness instructors and community partners gives clients access physical activities in an array of venues including community centers, churches and schools.
Community-based Diabetes Awareness and Self-management Education
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CHWs work with clients on a one-on-one or family centered basis to increase their knowledge of nutrition and physical fitness, while also assisting clients with self-management of diabetes. Clients develop an individualized action plan and set goals to improve eating habits, increase physical activity and better manage their diabetes. The program provides intensive follow up and support for all clients and their families either in a home or a community setting.
Physicians and other health care providers may directly refer their patients to our Self-Management Program using our referral form.
Diabetes CARE for the Homeless
Diabetic care is available at the Mother Teresa Shelter in Corpus Christi. Visitors are invited to have their glucose levels checked and receive support in finding resources to meet needs such as having a medical home and accessing medications. Homeless clients who are diabetic get healthy non-perishable foods from the diabetic-friendly food pantry.
All UTCO-sponsored activities are free of charge.
To participate in UTCO’s diabetes prevention and control programs in Nueces County, please call (361) 442-2224 or attend one of the activities listed in the calendar below. Walk-ins are welcome. We are here to serve you.
UTCO Diabetes Prevention Program
1125 S. Port Ave. Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Phone: 361.442.2224 Fax: 361.442.2607
Did you know???
The possibility of discovering a cure for diabetes remains remote. Prevention is the only way out of the diabetes epidemic. Since programming began in January of 2010, UTCO Diabetes Prevention and Control programming in Nueces County through Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi accomplished and documented over 3000 interventions such as the following:
1077 visits to clients’ homes to teach about diabetes, nutrition and physical activity. Diabetic clients are given education and tools on how to self-manage the disease and stay healthier!
201 family centered healthy cooking classes where clients are shown how to make a favorite recipe healthier by substituting ingredients. Portion control and food safety are addresses as well as shopping for healthy items on a budget. The recipe demonstrated in class in some facilities is sent home either pre-made or with pre-measured ingredients for a family of four (4) to share.
1548 physical fitness activities including low impact aerobics, Tai Chi, strengthening and balancing techniques and walking groups. All activities are appropriate to every fitness level.
314 diabetes classes appropriate to diabetics and non-diabetics. Clients are taught what the disease is and how it can be either prevented or managed. All aspects of the disease are covered with many classes available in English and Spanish.
36 healthy living events (health fairs) have been either hosted by or supported by the UTCO diabetes prevention program.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!