Free diabetes education event at library

By Meg Wempe
Special to The SUN

The Sisson Library will host a free community education event about diabetes at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Facilitated by Pagosa Springs Medical Center and in collaboration with many local agencies, including the Wellness Center, Mountain Eye Care and Jackisch Drug, this workshop will be open to all ages.

Each segment of the workshop will allow time for questions and answers.   Whether you have diabetes, have a loved one who was recently diagnosed, or are simply curious to learn more, this workshop is sure to be helpful.

At this workshop, you’ll learn from Dr. Yvette Polczynski, M.D. and endocrinologist, about the different types of diabetes (did you know there are four?) and what defines them. You’ll hear about different tests to diagnose diabetes, as well as which ones to get regularly if you do have diabetes. The presentation will also include suggestions on what to do once you’re diagnosed, along with possible treatment options.

Diabetes can affect eye health and vision. Dr. John Zissman will discuss what he sees in his practice and give an overview of how diabetes can affect your eyes.

Registered dietician Sabra Miller will discuss diabetes diet and nutrition and introduce a variety of foods that are good choices  — and that participants will share at the break while they mingle and network.

Next, Matthew Groves, pharmacy student, will discuss the diabetes programs available locally. Attendees will then hear from Carol Anderson about the Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) Wellness Center classes and biometric screening opportunities, and Nicole LaGioia, who will give a brief summary of the Worksite Wellness program. To close the talk, Diane Munson, a massage therapist and wellness and life coach who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000, will provide her personal account of living with the disease.

The library will have a variety of diabetes information resources that you can check out. If you don’t have a library card, we encourage you to get one. There is no cost — simply bring in your ID and something with your current mailing address.

No registration is required for the workshop.  We hope to see you at the library.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.