FL Health Offers Diabetes Prevention Program

GENEVA -- Finger Lakes Health is pleased to announce a free diabetes prevention program offered through its newly established Diabetes Care Center, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes is on the rise nationally and has driven up healthcare costs and affected the health of our communities.

Finger Lakes Health has committed to helping our communities make the necessary changes to combat diabetes. As part of its commitment, the health system will be offering the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP), a free pilot program designed to help people prevent diabetes and the advancement of the disease. The CDC has developed this 16-week program that involves group meetings by “lifestyle” coaches (registered nurse, certified diabetes educators, dieticians), in an effort to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Participants in the program must be over 18, overweight, and be concerned about diabetes.

This free DPRP program begins the week of January 23, 2017. Participants will meet weekly with a consistent group of peers they will come to rely on, and will learn a new behavior modification each week from experts in diabetes and nutrition. Participants will have private, individual weigh-ins each week, and will keep an activity and food log. The goal is to lose weight, feel better, and improve their health. Registration deadline for the program is Friday, January 20, 2017.

The Finger Lakes Health Diabetes Care Center provides a team of medical professionals with advanced education and experience in the field of diabetes.  The philosophy of the center is based on the fact that diabetes is a complex disease that requires multiple professionals working together to make sure diabetics are getting the best care. It is open to any patient at any stage of diabetes – pre-diabetes to advanced disease.

The center is directed by Family Nurse Practitioner Rhonda Solomon who is board-certified in advanced diabetes management and certified in diabetes education. She has 15 years of experience as a provider with advanced assessment and management skills.

Pat Cochrane oversees diabetes education for the center. Cochrane has been a registered nurse for 23 years and is certified in diabetes education. The diabetes education program is certified through the American Academy of Diabetic Educators and offers multiple programs including individual counseling, support groups, “Living with Diabetes” classes, and insulin pump and glucometer teaching.

Nutritional counseling at the Diabetes Care Center includes weight loss and carbohydrate counseling by Registered Dietician Christina Ganzon, who has more than 20 years of experience and does consults individually and in groups, based on the needs of patients.

Registered Nurse Cheryl Andreas is committed to the coordination of care, assessment and education of patients at the center. With 23 years of experience in healthcare, she is a point of contact for all diabetes-related questions.

The DPRP will be offered at three different times: at the Finger Lakes Health Diabetes Care Center at 293 W. North Street in Geneva on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., or Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m., or at Lifecare Medical Associates at 1991 Balsley Road in Seneca Falls on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information and to register, call Dawnn Vanderwall at the Diabetes Care Center at (315) 787-4006.

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