Diabetes is a growing health problem and Touro University will attempt to halt its spread by offering free hour-long courses at its student run free clinic in South Vallejo. 

Starting Jan. 9, these free hour-long courses will cover basic diabetes knowledge and lifestyle changes needed for diabetes management for diabetics and their families. 

The program will provide demonstrations and personal help with self-care such as glucometer use and foot exams, according to an announcement about the events. 

Diabetes supplies, nutritional and behavioral health aids will also be available to participants. 

The course will be held at the Norman C. King Community Center at 545 Magazine St., Vallejo every Thursday evening for seven consecutive weeks. 

Courses will be taught by a team of students from TUC's College of Pharmacy, College of Education and Health Sciences, and College of Osteopathic Medicine. A licensed clinician will also be present at each session to supervise the students. 

More than 1 in 10 adults in California has diabetes, according to the most recent study of national data "Diabetes in California Counties" released in 2009 by the California Diabetes Program in association with the California Department of Health. 

Touro cites the statistics to emphasize the need for prevention, management and good dare. 

The same study finds that in Solano County, 8.5 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, and the number is expected to rise as more people gain access to health care. 

The Touro's diabetes education program is geared toward people with newly diagnosed and existing Type II diabetes as well as family members. 

The seven week program offers supportive group education covering: The ABCs of Diabetes and Glucometer Use, Diabetic Foot care and Other Diabetes-Related Health issues, Diet and Nutrition, Medications, Stress Management and Behavioral Health, and Getting the Most out of a Doctor's Visit. 

An additional optional week covers smoking cessation or insulin use. 

Registration is free to all community members and one member of their families. 

Those interested can register by calling (707) 653-6331, or going to http://www.tourofreeclinic.org. SRFC.