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MARY: Health literacy changed her attitude on doctor visits


"I didn't know how much I didn't know!" said Mary Smallwood of her time before taking HEAL classes.


Mary has lived with diabetes for over 40 years. She says she'd always known to be careful about her sugar levels, but had never paid much attention to food labels until learning how to interpret them in her HEAL class.


Mary also started seeking other health information to help her manage her diabetes, saying she's had a "change in attitude" about doctor visits. Today, Mary makes sure to write down her questions before and, most importantly, take notes to remind herself what she wants to accomplish for her health.

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