Hospital hosts diabetes fair

Thursday, October 23, 2008

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, St. John's Hospital- Cassville will host a Know Your Numbers Diabetes Fair at the Jack Byrd Wellness Center from 7 to 10 a.m.

Reduced-cost lab screenings, including an average blood glucose test (hemoglobin A1C), will be offered along with special diabetes education programs, flu vaccines, comprehensive health panels and prostate cancer screening tests.

"This will be geared to diabetics but open to the general public," said registered dietitian Rhonda Orrell, MS, RD, LD. "One of the goals we set with our patients is having them monitor their long-term blood sugar level with the A1C test every three to six months."

At 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., diabetic Charles Wiggins, Jr., of the A1C Champions Program, will offer a presentation on diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies. His program will be aimed at helping listeners gain better control of their diabetes.

A1C Champions is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions, like Wiggins, share their own personal experiences with diabetes to help others cope with the disease.

Some of the topics that Wiggins will cover include: achieving good glucose control; learning about effective self-management; developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle; planning and prioritizing diabetes management; overcoming fears surrounding diabetes; and finding resources for diabetes support.

The Oct. 28 fair will also offer educational information on exercise, nutrition, diabetes education, stress and gestational diabetes.

Appointments are not necessary for the reduced-cost lab screenings, but individuals must fast for 12 hours before having blood drawn. It is also recommended that individuals drink plenty of water before having the lab work done.

For more information about the event, call Orrell at 847-6019 or the hospital at 847-6000.

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