Slated for September
Education Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital will
present An Ounce of Prevention: Small Steps that You and
Your Family Can Take to Reduce the Risk of Type 2
Diabetes on Thursday, September 28, 2006 from 6:00 -
8:00 pm at the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley
Medical Building. Betty Sirois, RN, CDE, Diabetes
Nurse Educator, and Pat Watson, RD, CDE, Registered
Dietician will be speakers for the presentation.
The seminar is free and open to the public, no
pre-registration is required.
According to the
Maine Bureau of Health, in 2004 as many as one out of
every 10 adults in Maine have diabetes and an equal
number are estimated to have pre-diabetes. Prior
to developing type 2 diabetes, a person's blood-sugar
levels may be higher than usual, but not yet at a level
that would be considered diabetes. At this stage
the condition is known as pre-diabetes. Studies
have shown that a person may prevent or delay the onset
of type 2 Diabetes by making some lifestyle changes at
Staffed by two
Certified Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Education
Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital offers valuable
insight into the prevention and self-management of this
chronic disease. Classes are held on a regular
basis in either a one-day or multi-class format.
The program is a certified Ambulatory Diabetes Education
and Follow-Up Program site through
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and also holds
prestigious Education Program Recognition status through
the American Diabetes Association.
MaineCare, Medicare and most private insurances
generally cover the cost of the program. Please speak
with your physician for a referral. If you have any
questions or would like more information, please visit
www.wmhcc.org or call (207) 743-5933 and speak with
Betty, ext. 773, or Pat, ext. 420.