St. John's hosted Diabetes Fair

Thursday, November 20, 2008

St. John's Hospital-Cassville recently hosted its second annual "Know Your Numbers" Diabetes Fair, providing many important screenings and much useful information to area residents, both diabetic and non-diabetic.

The event was held in the Jack Byrd Wellness Center, which is home to St. John's state-of-the-art fitness center, the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department and the therapy services department. The facility is located on the lower level of the hospital.

The fair drew a large crowd of participants who were interested in their health status, with approximately 120 area residents attending.

Screenings were available for cholesterol, triglycerides, diabetes, kidneys, liver, electrolytes, nutrition, anemia, blood clotting and infection/immunity status, in addition to foot sensitivity and problems, blood pressure, BMI, and pulse / oxygen readings.

Besides the screenings, there was information on everything from diabetic shoes to home care to Medicare assistance. There were even free foot massages available.

At 8 and 10 a.m. during the fair, diabetes patient and educator Charles Wiggins, Jr., shared information on diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on training and his personal experience with diabetes. As an additional benefit, flu vaccines were available throughout the event.

St. John's Hospital conducts or participates in health fairs in several locations in its service region throughout the year, and they provide monthly health screenings at the hospital on the last Tuesday of each month. For more information on St. John's diabetes education programs, call Rhonda Orrell, director of dietary services, at 847-6019.

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