Contact: Patricia Eckwahl

WCA & Lutheran Present Diabetes Event

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Kerry Mihalko, RD, certified diabetes educator at WCA Hospital and executive chef Dave Bollman from Lutheran discuss ideas for their upcoming Best of Times seminar. Home Sweet-Free Home will be held at Lutheran on Thursday, November 17th.

JAMESTOWN, NY (Saturday, October 29, 2016)—The community is invited to the next Edgewood Best of Times Seminar “Home Sweet-Free Home – Nutrition and Diabetes”. Kerry Mihalko, RD, and certified diabetes educator at WCA Hospital and executive chef Dave Bollman, director of dining services from Lutheran will focus on ways to manage blood sugar for a healthy diet.

“We are excited to collaborate with WCA Hospital to bring this timely subject to the community,” said Patty Eckwahl, director of marketing at Lutheran. “The holiday season is a difficult time for those who need to regulate their blood sugar levels and those who don’t want to gain weight.” The seminar is November 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lutheran Chapel, 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown. There is no fee. Reservations are needed by calling Eckwahl at 716-720-9122.

Mihalko is a registered dietitian specializing in diabetes management and has over 20 years of experience. “This program will be a good review of the different types of sugars (carbohydrates) in foods,” she said. “I’ll talk quite a bit about fiber and the role it plays in a well-rounded, healthy diet.”

Following her presentation, Chef Dave will share several of his favorite recipes that are low in sugar and tasteful. He will have the items for the participants to enjoy and the recipes will be available to take home.

Also on hand will be Janine Brady, WCA Diet Technician, who will have information on a pre-diabetes program that WCA offers at no cost. It is a 16-week workshop that highlights the process of adopting lifestyle changes for healthy eating and physical activity. These sessions are designed to help participants develop lifelong skills for healthy living and reinforce step-by-step change.

The Best of Times Seminar Series received both the state and the national LeadingAge associations “Innovation of the Year” and “Public Trust” awards. Lutheran was honored for bringing education to the community on ways to plan well, to age well.

Edgewood Communities is located on the Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. Residents are age 55 years and older. They enjoy independent living in a fun and zestful community. Units include one and two bedroom apartments, duplex homes and the new Smartment® Building. For more information about the seminar or Lutheran Housing, call Eckwahl at 720-9122 or log onto

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