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WCA Hosts Diabetes Event In Celebration of 125th Anniversary

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Photo Caption: Jacqueline Carlson, (far right) Registered Dietitian & Kathleen Krieg, Registered Nurse, WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educators, prepare for the “Harvest The Benefits of Good Diabetes Care”, event held in celebration of WCA’s 125th Anniversary, on Monday, September 27, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Event is free.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, September 20, 2010)—In celebration of WCA Hospital’s 125th Anniversary, WCA Wellness and Diabetes Team will present:  “Harvest The Benefits of Good Diabetes Care”.  The event will be held on Monday, September 27th at WCA Hospital, 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Space Is Limited – Call today to register at (716) 664-8677.

The event includes Exhibits from 6 p.m. — 7 p.m. showcasing WCA Hospital’s Diabetes Care Team including, Cardiology, Wellness, Sleep Center, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Wound Care, Kidney Care, Mental Health, Lifeline, Eye and Foot Care Specialists, and the Chautauqua County Health Network team.  At 7: 00 p.m., “A Cornucopia of Self-Management Skills”, will be presented by Jacqueline Carlson, Registered Dietitian & Kathleen Krieg, Registered Nurse, WCA Certified Diabetes Educators. 

“We celebrate our 125th Anniversary with an eye on the future and a continued commitment to maintaining a healthy region,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “As an organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, it is extremely important that we educate our community about diabetes and provide them with the necessary tools that encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors and give them access to high quality healthcare.”

The presentation will focus on the AADE7.  These tips, developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, are Self Care Behaviors that were designed to give the person diagnosed with diabetes the tools they need to manage their disease and prevent complications.

According to Jackie Carlson, diabetes is a largely a self-managed disease.  “The person with diabetes must make decisions several times a day related to food choices, medication and activity which impact the levels of glucose in the blood,” said Carlson.  “Keeping it as close to normal as safely possible is important for preventing complications. This can be somewhat overwhelming for someone to do alone.    Our program will focus on providing an overview of 7 key areas necessary to help keep diabetes under control.  Our goal for the evening is to encourage a better understanding of how to take care of diabetes; how to prevent other health issues; and know when to ask for help and who is available.”

 “People with diabetes are at increased risk for serious health complications,” adds Kathleen Krieg.  “These include cardiovascular complications, heart attack or stroke, and also eye, kidney, foot and nerve disease.  WCA Hospital has support for people affected by these complications.  Most importantly, many individuals with pre-diabetes and others at risk of developing the disease can actually prevent Type 2 Diabetes.  Those with diabetes can significantly reduce the chances of developing complications and live full, healthy lives.  More great news is that treatments and technology have introduced therapies that help people stay one step ahead of diabetes.  Education is the key and we have it all here at WCA.”    

For more information on the event or to reserve your seat, contact Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Community Health & Wellness Director, at (716) 664-8677.

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