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Contact: Karl Sisson
WCA Hospital Director of Development
(716) 664-8423, (716) 499-2172

Der Kobblers Midway Car Show Benefits WCA Diabetes Education

Sam Ognibene, along with fellow Der Kobblers Automobile Association members Patty Palmer, Greg Palmer, Paula Knapp, Dave Juhl, and Bruce Macey, presents Jackie Carlson, R.D., WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator, with a $1,500 check representing the proceeds from their 2012 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, October 26, 2012)—Members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated $1,500 to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program which represented proceeds from their 2012 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. This gift will enable WCA to purchase educational materials and tools, including measuring utensils to assist patients who have diabetes with portion control and empower them to make healthier food choices.

“The diabetes education provided by WCA Hospital is critical to this community,” says Sam Ognibene, Der Kobblers Board member. “Der Kobblers is pleased to once again partner with WCA so that patients can live a longer and healthier life.”

Over the last five years, Der Kobblers has donated over $5,000 to WCA Hospital. These gifts have been used to furnish the diabetes teaching classrooms, including a laptop, screen, and food models, to better educate patients how to manage diabetes and provide tools they can utilize to change their lifestyles. Last year, proceeds were used to purchase pedometers to set goals for increasing physical activity to work toward a healthier lifestyle.

“The faithful commitment and generosity of Der Kobblers has enabled us to provide additional valuable resources which empower our patients to take charge of their health,” says Jackie Carlson, R.D., 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.”

For more information or to join Der Kobblers, call (716) 665-2270.

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 by teaching about the impact that food choices, activity, and medication have on the body and glucose control. Each plan developed is customized to meet the individual’s needs and help them achieve their health goals. 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.

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