On August 5, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Program is sponsoring a free Diabetes Education Day. The day will include information on meal planning, medications, exercise, complications and how to make lifestyle modifications. Speakers are Karen Cole, diabetes educator, Alison Felt, dietitian, Dr. Michael Seidman and Danny Sekhon, pharmacist.
The Diabetes Education Day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and a free breakfast. At noon a catered lunch will be served. The program will end at 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the Medical Center’s Hess Auditorium on Mansion Avenue.
The number of persons diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow. Diabetes can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputations. The occurrence of complications can be reduced with good blood pressure control, glucose control, management of blood lipids and regular follow-up.
Self -management education is an important part of lifestyle modification in order to achieve healthy outcomes. Self-management focuses on self-care behavior; such as healthy eating, developing an activity regime, blood sugar monitoring and preventative 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 a family member has diabetes and would like to learn how to manage the disease more effectively, plan on attending this free program. This Diabetes Education Day has been supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, Inc. For more information or to register call Karen Cole, RN, BSN, certified diabetes educator at 713-5181.