One in 11 Americans has diabetes, and another 86 million are at risk. The good news is that you can “pave your own path” to turn that statistic around.
“Diabetes isn’t easy,” said Shannon Smith, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for Mercy Hospital Lebanon. “It takes a game plan and work, but it’s definitely worth the effort.”
To mark the American Diabetes Association’s National Diabetes Month, Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s diabetic education program, along with the Lebanon Host Lion’s Club, will present the fifth annual “A Day in the Life of Diabetes: Paving Your Own Path, Pulling Weeds and Sowing Seeds” event on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Mercy Hospital Lebanon conference room.
“We’re here to help you figure out your own path – encouraging one to live well, be active, and eat healthier by incorporating wholesome foods into your day,” Smith said.
The free event will provide steps and tools for making informed decisions about what to eat and how to manage the ailments that come with the disease. It will also feature guest speakers specializing in diabetes management, eye health, nutrition, exercise science and much more.
“A Day in the Life of Diabetes” will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Mercy Hospital Lebanon, located at 100 Hospital Drive. Call Shannon Smith, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, at 417-533-6335 to sign up; reservations must be made before the day of the event. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The National Diabetes Education Program’s 2016 theme is “Managing Diabetes: It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It.” Learn more at http://www.yourdiabetesinfo.org.