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WCA Hospital Director of Development
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Der Kobblers Car Show Benefits WCA Diabetes Education

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Sam Ognibene, along with fellow Der Kobblers Automobile Association Board members Bill Hazenberg, and Greg Palmer, presents Kathy Krieg, R.N., Tracy White, R.N., and Jackie Carlson, R.D., WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educators, with a $550 check representing the proceeds from their 2011 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, October 20, 201)—Members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated $550, proceeds for their 2011 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park, to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program. This gift will enable WCA the ability to purchase pedometers and food models which will allow the Diabetes educators to better teach clients about the importance of exercise, goal setting, and healthy food choices.

“The diabetes education provided by WCA Hospital is critical to this community,” explains Bill Hazenberg, Der Kobblers Board member. “Der Kobblers is pleased to fund these invaluable educational resources so that patients can live a longer and healthier life.”

Over the last four years, Der Kobblers has donated over $3,500 to WCA Hospital. These gifts have been used to purchase educational videos, books, CDs, a laptop, television, and ancillary patient education support resources, as well as furnish the diabetes teaching classrooms.

“The commitment and generosity of Der Kobblers has enabled us to provide additional valuable resources which empower our patients to take charge of their health,” explains Kathy Krieg, R.N. and WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. “Their gifts have made it possible for us to offer a wider selection of teaching tools which allows us to better meet each individual patient’s needs.”

Type 2 Diabetes

Currently, one in ten Americans has Type 2 diabetes. But if new cases develop as projected, its prevalence could double or triple over the next forty years. In the United States, one in three people will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. These projections highlight the need for interventions to keep the number of new cases from climbing.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and is triggered by a combination of unchangeable factors, such as family history and race, and controllable factors, such as obesity and inactivity. It's also the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of leg and foot amputations, kidney failure, and new cases of blindness in adults under age 75.

Because people are living longer, more cases are likely to come from older people. The percentage of people ages 65 and older with diabetes is expected to increase; it was 12.4 percent in 2000, but will be 19.6 percent in 2030.

WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program
The WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, located in the WCA Lakewood Health Center (across from the Chautauqua Mall), offers individual and group education services from initial consultation to follow-up teaching and guidance. The program helps clients develop a healthy lifestyle through exercise, weight management, and medication therapy. The program allows instructors to customize teaching plans for each client. For those newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, two classes are scheduled twice a month. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 2000 for providing quality education that meet all national standards for diabetes self-management.

For more information on the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, call (716) 763-2079. A physician referral is necessary to access the program.

Der Kobblers
Today, Der Kobblers have an active membership which includes some of the original members. Growing with the times, they now have their first ever female members and are once again enjoying the fellowship and camaraderie that comes with sharing the love of a common interest. Despite challenging weather conditions, this year’s annual Der Kobblers Automobile Association, Midway State Park Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show drew hundreds of spectators and included more than 200 car entries over the Labor Day weekend. For more information or to join Der Kobblers, call (716) 665-2270.

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