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Contact: Karl Sisson
WCA Director of Development
(716) 664-8423


WCA Hospital
Standing in front of the Lakewood Health Center (110 Mall Boulevard, Lakewood) and showing off a 1930 Model A Ford and 1954 Chevy Pick-up, members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association (L to R: Greg Palmer, Randy Hutley, Patty Palmer and Bruce Macey) present Jackie Carlson (center), R.D., WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator, with an $870 check representing the proceeds from their 2013 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, November 14, 2013)—Members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated $870 to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program which represented proceeds from their 2013 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. This gift will enable WCA to purchase additional food models to show people what appropriate portion sizes are of our favorite foods.

“The most common question people have when they find out that have diabetes is, ‘What can I eat?’” says Jackie Carlson, R.D., and WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. “The commitment and generosity of Der Kobblers has made it possible for us to improve and expand our teaching tools which allow us to better meet each individual patient’s needs.”

“WCA Hospital’s diabetes education is so critical to our community,” says Greg Palmer, Der Kobblers Board member. “Der Kobblers is privileged to once again partner with WCA to help provide money to purchase educational tools for teaching patients  how to manage diabetes so they can live a longer and healthier life.”

Over the last six 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. Last year, proceeds were used to purchase specialty food models and measuring utensils to assist patients who have diabetes with portion control and empower them to make healthier food choices.

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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