Diabetes day to be held Sept. 30

Community members with diabetes or those who provide care to people with the disease can learn more about diabetes, its prevention and ways to manage the disease during Oswego Health free diabetes day Sept. 30.

This community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Among the presenters will be two Oswego Health physicians and the health system’s director of physical therapy. A pharmacist and diabetes-related vendors will also be available to answer questions.

Oswego Health encourages anyone with diabetes, those caring for someone with the disease, or anyone interested in learning about its process and management, to attend.

The featured physician speakers will be cardiologist Dr. Thomas Grady Jr., who will speak at 10 a.m. and endocrinologist Dr. Francis Clifford Arce, who will talk at 11:30 a.m. In addition, Oswego Health Physical Therapist Jason Pratt will speak.

For those who cannot make the diabetes day, Oswego Health offers two monthly support groups.

The Oswego group meets the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oswego Health Services Center’s lower level conference room, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

The second diabetes support group meets the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Oswego Health’s Certified Diabetes Educators provided outpatient diabetes counseling to 394 individuals and care to 187 inpatients during 2012. Through programs outlined in its state-required Community Service Plan, Oswego Health is striving to reduce the number of residents with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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