Free diabetes education day at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center August 6
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 6:30 am

OGDENSBURG -- A free diabetes education day will be held Friday, Aug. 6 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

Last year over 30 people attended the program, some newly diagnosed and some who have had diabetes for several years. Family members are also welcome. The program will include information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications and how to make lifestyle modifications.

Speakers include diabetes educator Karen Cole, dietitian Alison Felt, exercise specialist Gerry Hourihan, Dr. Michael Seidman, and pharmacist Ron Romano.

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputations, but the occurrence of complications can be reduced with control of blood pressure, glucose, management of blood lipids and regular followup.

Self-management education is a key step to achieve healthy outcomes. It focuses on self-care behavior, such as healthy eating, developing an activity schedule, blood sugar monitoring and preventive practices such as yearly eye exams and foot care. It is a collaborative process in which the person works with the diabetes educator to set goals and develop the problem-solving and coping skills needed to successfully reach their goals.

If you or someone you care about has diabetes this is an opportunity to access quality education at no cost. The program is supported by grant funding from Sanofi-Aventis US and will include a healthy breakfast and lunch. It will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. in the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Auditorium, Mansion Avenue.

To register, or for more information call Karen Cole at 713-5181.