Heart disease is the number one cause of death among African Americans with diabetes, yet the majority is unaware of their increased risk for heart attack and stroke, according to the American Diabetes Association.  

"FACE (Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered) your diabetes," a free education program for African Americans, will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at True Holiness Saints Life Center. The church is located at 198 Highway 286 East in Conway. A certified diabetes educator will speak. 

The Conway Regional Diabetes Self Management Program is teaming up with the church to offer the program to teach individuals to manage diabetes by making healthy lifestyle decisions.

According to the ADA, 12.8 percent of newly-diagnosed people 20 years of age or older are African American which is considerably greater than White Americans (7.1 percent).

The program is designed around the particular needs of African Americans living in the South. 

"We know there is tremendous need for this type of targeted education and the church was very kind to open its doors to the community," said Rhonda Monfee, a certified diabetes educator who coordinates the Conway Regional diabetes program. 

For additional information, call 501-513-5248 or e-mail diabetes@conwayregional.org.

The Conway Regional program is an ADA certified diabetes education program.