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WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
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Cooking Demonstrations Held During
WCA Diabetes OPEN HOUSE, March 24

WCA Hospital
Pictured from L to R: Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital community health & wellness director; Leslie Greene, WCA Hospital Hospitality chef manager; Christina Reynolds, director of hospitality services at WCA; and Janine Brady, DTR, nutrition office manager at WCA; will host free healthy cooking demos as part of the diabetes open house at Jones Memorial Health Center in the newly relocated diabetes center on Tuesday, March 24, Noon to 3 p.m. Public invited to attend.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, March 6, 2015)—As part of the WCA Hospital Diabetes OPEN HOUSE, held on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the very same day as American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day®−a one day movement to stop diabetes—the hospitality team at WCA will host free healthy cooking demonstrations using different ways to prepare vegetable side dishes and how to have fun making smoothies.  The Diabetes Open House will be held from Noon to 3 p.m. in their newly relocated center at 51 Glasgow Avenue on the Jones Memorial Health Center campus.  The public including health agencies and partners are encouraged to attend.  Follow campus signs to event.

Presented by Christina M. Reynolds, director of hospitality services at WCA Hospital; and Leslie K. Greene, chef manager at the hospital, the food demonstrations will feature an array of quick, easy, and tasty vegetable dishes and super-healthy smoothie shakes that attendees will be invited to sample.  The hospitality and diabetes team will present helpful tips for healthy cooking and certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, Kerry Mihalko, will provide guidelines on managing or preventing pre-diabetes.  “Our focus is to give our guests the simplest, yet most appetizing recipes that foster healthy and nourishing eating habits,” Reynolds said.

According to the American Diabetes Association®, 1.7 million Americans aged 20 years or older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year, 4,660/day, one every 19 seconds. 

“Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States,” said Kerry Mihalko, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Center.  “The good news is that type 2-diabetes is largely preventable by managing your weight and maintaining a well-balanced diet that is rich in essential vitamins, and minerals that help reduce the risk of diabetes.  Our event is a chance for us to provide an afternoon of interactive, fun and informational activities that instruct residents on how to prevent pre-diabetes or manage their diabetes condition.  We urge anyone who wants to learn about our program, to stop by and ask questions.”

Janine Brady, DTR, nutrition office manager at WCA, will register interested participants for the FREE 16-week workshop series, “Are You At Risk Of Diabetes”, that begins in the Spring of 2015.  The workshop focuses on the process of adopting lifestyle changes for healthy eating and physical activity.  The sessions are designed to help participants develop lifelong skills for healthy living and reinforce step-by-step change.  All participants work toward goals of losing 5-7% of their starting body weight and reaching and maintaining 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.  The free workshop is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Health Network, the Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System, Chautauqua Region Associated Medical Partners, and WCA.

The new WCA Diabetes Center offers front door handicap accessible parking; a spacious teaching classroom for individual sessions and group education forums; and wireless internet access for patients who wish to take notes electronically.  The American Diabetes Association recognizes WCA’s service as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education.  The program supports an excellent learning environment that teaches individuals skills which embrace, nutrition and diet therapy; helpful tips on exercising your way to health; medication management including insulin pump therapy; preventing, detecting and reducing risks related to diabetes disease; healthy lifestyle behaviors; and caregiver and family support. 

The Open House will also include free blood pressure checks, free foot screening, snacks, and giveaways.  Individuals are invited to take the type 2 diabetes on-line risk test during the open house and take home resources that help residents prevent or manage diabetes.  See the very latest in insulin pumps, glucose monitors, and treatments and meet WCA diabetes education team.  Guests can enter to win a spa basket door prize.  First 200 guests receive a free tote bag! 

For more exciting details about the open house at www.wcahospital.org or call Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital, (716) 664-8614.  Many insurance companies cover diabetes education; check with your insurance provider.  To learn more about the program, call (716) 485-7474 or visit us on the web at http://wcahospital.org/diabetesed.php.  For a new brochure describing the diabetes education program or to schedule an appointment, call (716) 485-7474.  For information on the WCA Wound Care Center go to http://www.wcahospital.org/woundcarecenter.php. WCA Hospital, which will celebrate its 130th year of service to the community on May 23, 2015, is accredited by The Joint Commission.  To discover all of the ways WCA Hospital cares for you, go to www.wcahospital.org.

 
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