Learning to Eat Right at the OVGH Diabetes Day
Halloween is usually the time of year where people break into the fun-sized candy bars and begin their holiday season…of eating. According to the Ohio Valley General Hospital 2013 Community Needs Assessment, Type I and Type II diabetes diagnoses are on the rise for students in Allegheny County, and about 9% of Allegheny County residents currently suffer from diabetes. That’s why Ohio Valley General Hospital is committed to building proper diabetes education in the community. That includes nutrition and proper eating.
Our Seniority-sponsored Diabetes Day on October 23rd offered a Halloween-themed food demonstration of healthy food choices diabetics (and their loved ones) can turn to for snacks. Witches fingers, or carrot sticks with humus and almond slivers, were a big hit. Sweet and Savory eye balls had two different kinds of rice cakes, one with low fat whipped cream and a grape, the other with avocado, yogurt, chili powder, and an olive. Diabetes Educator Rachel Kingsley talked to the group of more than 60 community members about how important it is to avoid foods with saturated fat, and how important it is to integrate the right kinds of carbohydrates and proteins into your healthy snack bag.
Foodies were then treated to a discussion on diabetes by Terri Seidman, Associate Director for the Western PA branch of the American Diabetes Association. She talked about how the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes has changed over the years, from the discovery of insulin in the 1920s to the use of disposable needles. She said the combination of a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and when necessary oral medications can help control Type II diabetes. Seidman also brought up the ADA Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Saturday, November 9th from 9:00a.m. until 4:00p.m. Rachel Kingsley will also be there. The event will offer glucose screenings, cooking demonstrations, and experts in the field of diabetes discussing lifestyle changes, weight loss, and nutrition.
Phyllis Stern, Director of Sales and Move-Ins from Willow Heights, Senior Independent Living, dropped by to share her own experiences with diabetes, and to talk about the importance of balancing nutrition with an active work schedule. The afternoon concluded with free glucose screenings for anyone interested.
If you’re interested in learning more about OVGH’s nutrition and diabetes education services, call 412-777-6205 or visit us on the web here.