Mercy St. Francis Helps Patients Take Control of Diabetes

October 16, 2013

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Separate speakers will address ways to stay active

Mercy St. Francis Hospital is encouraging diabetes patients and their families to get active in controlling the disease.

As part of the hospital’s diabetic education program, physical therapist Theresa Brandel and certified tai chi instructor Carol Schmidt will be leading separate discussions in the hospital’s dining room.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Brandel will teach patients how to reduce their fall risks. She’ll touch on topics such as hypoglycemia, B12 deficiency and visual impairment.

The following Monday, Nov. 4, Schmidt will speak to a support group about tai chi strategies for improving physical function and reducing the risk of premature death. A person doing tai chi moves his or her body slowly and gently, while breathing deeply and meditating (tai chi is sometimes called “moving meditation”).

Diabetes patients and their families are encouraged to join either event, both of which start at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at Mercy St. Francis Hospital at 100 W. US Highway 60. There will be door prizes and snacks provided. For a ride, call SMTS at 934-1575.