Delta Hospital Nutrition Services Offers Free Educational Program for People with Diabetes and Their Care Partners


Delta County Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services is offering a free educational program for people with diabetes and their care partners on Monday, November 14th from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Crag Crest Classroom in the Oncology Center building.

The A1C Champions team - JoAnn Henderson-Collins, who has diabetes and Charlene McNary, her daughter and care partner will be sharing their story about their diabetes journey.

JoAnn and Charlene are members of the A1C Champions® Program, sponsored by Sanofi US, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. Although a person who supports someone with a chronic disease is often referred to as a caregiver, it really requires a partnership to face the challenges and successes of the diabetes journey together.

During the 60-minute Diabetes Together presentation, they will share:

· Their story about working together as a team

· Information about diabetes and controlling blood sugar

· Ideas for effective communication between partners

· How to work together to manage diabetes without it becoming the main focus of the relationship

If you have diabetes, it doesn't just affect you. It also touches your family and friends who want to learn how they can best help you. While people with diabetes are ultimately responsible for their choices, the relationship with a care partner can have a significant impact on how someone manages his or her condition. If you or someone you care for is struggling with diabetes, the A1C Champions® team can provide education and motivation for working together to achieve better blood glucose control.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that 371 million people worldwide and nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million Americans who remain undiagnosed. At the same time, about 40 percent of those diagnosed are not achieving the blood sugar control target of A1C <7 percent recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The A1C test measures average blood glucose levels over the past two to three month period.

For any questions or details please contact Delta County Memorial Hospital Nutrition Services at 874-6410.