OVH Diabetes Day Turns Over a New Leaf

Ohio Valley Hospital held its 11th annual Diabetes Day on March 21, 2019. This year was our most well attended event to date with nearly 200 attendees gathered in the Hospital’s School of Nursing building for free screenings, informational lectures, and health and wellness resources.

The main goal of the 2019 Diabetes Day was to inspire attendees to “turn over a new leaf” when it came to an improved lifestyle outlook. This year’s event specifically highlighted the prevention of diabetes complications. However, the annual event is not only designed for people living with diabetes. Beyond the primary focus on teaching and assessing diabetes risk factors, symptoms, and complications, Diabetes Day also benefits those interested in leading a healthier lifestyle.


Free health screenings including DEXA foot checks, blood pressure and BMI readings were popular. The free cholesterol and A1c screenings were the biggest draw of the event. Susan Zikos, RN, LDN, CDE, OVH Outpatient Dietitian and Diabetes Educator explained, “These tests help people understand the importance of follow-up care in diabetes management.”

The day was also an opportunity for Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing and School of Radiography students to put their skills into practice, performing glucometer readings and bone density scans.


Diabetes Day presenters helped attendees understand aspects of this chronic disease. Ohio Valley Hospital physicians, Dr. Monica Chopra, primary care physician,  Dr. Kaye-Anne Newton, endocrinologist, and Michael Dorben, dietetic intern, provided informative lectures on the latest trends in diabetes care, heart health as it relates to diabetes, and helpful tips for a healthier lifestyle. These lectures were standing room only!

The Community Room displayed resources with a focus on bringing health and wellness to our area, including the YMCA and Focus on Renewal. The general room offered attendees the opportunity to chat with various vendors offering diabetes supplies, services, samples, information packets, and giveaways.


The most delicious part of the day featured “Choose This, Not That,” a live grocery shopping demonstration, and “Cook This, Not That,” a live cooking demonstration. OVH Nutrition Services Chef Tom DeGori simmered a nutritious, flavorful Tuscan white bean soup for everyone to sample.

After completing a challenge card comprised of visiting various rooms and lectures, attendees were entered to win a Westinghouse 3.7 quart air fryer donated by Ohio Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Education department. All Diabetes Day attendees were winners as every person left with a better understanding of how healthy living leads to better diabetes management.


“It is hard to ‘connect the dots’ about diabetes self-care without help,” said Zikos. “Ohio Valley Hospital’s Diabetes Day helps to connect those dots and answer peoples’ questions about diabetes.”

For more information about diabetes education, please contact Susan Zikos, at 412-777-6205 or For information about next year’s event, check the Events section on our website. More pictures will be posted on our Facebook page. If you have any event feedback, please send us a message on our Contact Us page.