Free Richmond workshops this month aim to educate community on diabetes

For Richmond hosting free workshops this month to address diabetes in the community

The prevalence of diabetes in the local community has inspired a series of workshops this month at For Richmond headquarters at 3109 Macdonald Ave.

The free “Diabetes Education Workshops” will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 10, May 15,  May 17, May 20, May 24 and May 27, according to For Richmond. Families are welcome to bring their children. Spanish materials will be provided, as will refreshments and gifts.

The workshops will be presented by Cristal Banagan, a community advocate who founded Learning Out Loud Educational Community and is also a health promoter for LifeLong Medical Care. Seeing the need for diabetes education in the community, Banagan was trained at the Latino Coalition for Healthy Communities (LCHC) to run workshops, For Richmond said.

The workshops aim to spread education throughout the community about the root causes of diabetes and how to reverse the trend. They require at least 15 attendees to be held, so register by contacting Banagan at (510) 692-1949 or

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and leg and foot amputations, according to online information attributed to American Diabetes Association and Dr. Kate Colwell, a retired Contra Costa Health Services physician.