The Ottumwa Courier

October 31, 2013

MHP to host Diabetes Day open house


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OSKALOOSA — In recognition of American Diabetes Month in November, Mahaska Health Partnership will host a free diabetes educational event from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) on their campus.

The event is being organized by MHP Diabetes Educator Sharon Ferguson, RN, CDE. According to Ferguson, the American Diabetes Association is collaborating with Mahaska Health Partnership to rally local Oskaloosa residents to take action and join others from across the nation in the fight to stop diabetes.

Attendees will have an opportunity to check out some of the newest technology available to help manage diabetes. In addition, health care professionals will be available to answer questions about lifestyle changes and diabetes treatment. A Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteer will be on hand to discuss insurance and diabetes needs related to supplemental insurance benefits to look for.

Ten-minute presentations will take place from 6-7 p.m. Topics will include blood glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring, when to start insulin and diabetes control with lifestyle changes.

“The goal of this event is for people with diabetes to get the information they need to live a healthier, more fulfilling life,” Ferguson said. “I have had success working with patients who are newly diagnosed, those who have been living with uncontrolled diabetes and even those with pre-diabetes.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes, including approximately 1,563 in Mahaska County. An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for diabetes.

Mahaska Health Partnership Diabetes Education is nationally certified by the American Diabetes Association as a program that offers high-quality education as an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. For more information about MHP’s Diabetes Education, contact Ferguson at 641-672-3422.