SOMC Offers Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Starts. Dec. 6

For more information about the SOMC Performance Enhancement Center, please call 740-356-7572 or stop by the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center, 1202 18th St.

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Dec. 6 for anyone with type I or II diabetes or diagnosed as pre-diabetic. The program is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to SOMC by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio/Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. The program is offered in a 10-week session format. For each week of the program, participants will meet for two hours to focus on education topics related to diabetes self-management, as well as the importance of fitness and exercise. The second hour of the session will feature group exercise at the SOMC LIFE Center. “We want to ensure that participants have all the resources necessary to successfully manage the disease on their own once the program is complete,” Tiffany Hadsell, diabetes educator, said. “Not only will this include one-on-one education time with clinical dieticians, exercise physiologists and diabetes experts, but we’ll also provide important supplies needed to monitor the disease, like glucometers, test strips and lancets.” “We hope that this combination of components will create life-changing and life-long results for our community,” she added. “The need for this education is clearly there and we’re happy to finally have the funding to do something about it.” The group will meet on the SOMC campus and a physician’s order is needed to enroll in the program. For more information or to enroll, please speak with your primary care physician or contact the SOMC Diabetes Education Department at 356-2627.