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Published on September 10, 2014

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital presents free diabetes information program in Norwich

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital will present a free diabetes information program in the hospital’s Basement Conference Room, 179 North Broad Street in Norwich, Thursday, September 25.  Registration begins at 5 p.m. and presentations begin at 5:30. This annual event, on the hospital’s lower level, is open to diabetics and their families and will feature the latest information about diabetes.

With diabetes affecting nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States and an additional 79 million Americans with prediabetes putting them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, this subject is very important nationwide.  “The fact is that in upstate New York, the risk factors for this disease are even more pronounced than in other areas of the nation.  This is why these free informational programs are particularly important, and why UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital presents them each year,” stated Pam Lyons, RN, CDE, who coordinates the annual event.

The program features local healthcare professionals who will provide a wide range of information that is valuable to diabetics and their families.  Subjects will include an update on the latest news about diabetes by local physician Karen Banks-Lindner, DO;   a diabetes-friendly food demonstration by Chenango Memorial Hospital=s clinical nutrition manager Gayle Breuilly, RD, CDN, and executive chef Kevin Crabb; the impact of diabetes on gum health by UHS Dental Center dentist Barbara Gruchalska, DDS; foot care for diabetics by local podiatrists Dr. Patricia Warski and Dr. Jeffrey Todd; and understanding the diabetes care plan – for the care partner by Melissa Entenmann MS,RD, CDN, CDE.

There will be light refreshments, door prizes and give-aways. Vendors who specialize in products and services for diabetics will be on hand with displays as well.  Space is limited and reservations are requested.  Please call 337-4040 to reserve your space or register on line at