Dining with Diabetes Outreach Team: (l-r) Evalina Irish-Spencer, Registered Dietician Extension Associate CUCE-NYC; Gail Schechter, MBA, Chief of Clinical Nutrition/MOVE!® Coordinator; Liam Geva, Registered Dietician, Program Associate, Cornell Cooperative Extension NYC; and Catherine Nadal, RN, MS, Women Veterans Program Manager
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Diabetes is expected to be more and more of a problem among Veterans with the aging of our population. Under the banner of a new VA NY Harbor Healthcare System program called “Dining with Diabetes” the Harbor is specifically focusing on women whose diabetes is poorly controlled. The goal is to ensure that women Veterans receive enhanced services and education to control the risk and worsening of diabetes. This means encouraging women to work more on managing weight, blood pressure control and urging them to participate in diabetes appropriate screening examinations.
“Dining with Diabetes” also brings attention to the need for women to realize that the importance of diabetes control is not vague, it clearly means lowering their risk for symptoms that affect pregnancy, and taking steps to minimize the risk for life-changing illnesses like blindness, kidney and cardiac disease non-healing wounds and amputation due to poor circulation.
Designed to heighten participants’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around diabetes, the 6 “Dining with Diabetes” sessions are followed up with a reunion session after three months to check in with the women and see if they were able to adopt the skills taught in these interactive classes. The program includes up-to-date information on recommended nutrition and exercise practices, clinical education, hands –on learning with recipe demonstrations and a supportive segment of stress reduction.
“We expect that women concerned about developing diabetes or preventing their diabetes from worsening will find these sessions very practical and useful. Participating with other women who share their concerns about managing diabetes encourages everyone to try harder to help themselves in making wiser choices” says preventive care specialist Dr. Kelly Crotty. For more information: 718 836 6600, x 8141 or 718-836-6600 x 3476.