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Methodist Charlton Medical Center

ABCs of Diabetes

The ABCs of Diabetes at Methodist Charlton

The ABCs of Diabetes is a community based educational program, targeting the residents of the Best Southwest cities. The program will consist of six community events focusing on the prevention and treatment of diabetes. The presentation will cover the basics of diabetes from its definition to the importance of diet and lifestyle for diabetes prevention and treatment of the disease. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of a plant-based diet because of its nutrient density, fiber density, and importance in obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In addition, the connection between heart disease, diabetes and obesity will be established. 

Each event will focus on one of three distinct areas:ABCs of Diabetes

  1. Introductory educational portion about diabetes 
  2. Food preparation portion with a chef who specializes in plant food preparation 
  3. Physical activity portion with a physical therapist to help instruct on exercising when overweight or sedentary. Special attention will be given to initiation and implementation of a physical fitness regimen.

The goal of the ABCs of Diabetes is to have each participant leave the program educated and empowered to make the changes necessary to positively impact their health.

6-week interventional diabetes program  diabetes program

The ABC of Diabetes is an opportunity for participants to sign up to engage in a 6-week intensive program aimed at rapid control of their diabetes.

An initial session will take place with the program participants and the physician to discuss the program and provide program materials.

Health parameter to be monitored during the program include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Waist measurement
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Cholesterol (total and LDL)

Each participant will be provided a CD containing ten-minute information sessions which will also be available on YouTube.

Each participant will receive a weekly monitoring call from staff to answer questions and encourage program adherence.

Health parameters as outlined above will be measured again at the conclusion of the program

Why is the ABCs of Diabetes important?

Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are major health issues for the residents of the Best Southwest cities.

Methodist Charlton Medical Center is more than a place to get assistance with acute and chronic health issues, it is also a community wellness partner.

The ABCs of Diabetes will help expose participants to wellness activities available through Methodist Health System

Seminar 1
Feb. 7, 2015 – What is Diabetes?
  • What is type I, type 2 and gestational diabetes?
  • What is insulin resistance?
  • How does diet contribute to insulin resistance?
  • Monitoring your blood sugar as lifestyle change is instituted
Seminar 2
Feb. 14, 2015 – Believing Change is Possible
  • Overview of plant-based diet 
  • Overview of phytochemicals and nutrient density
  • Benefits of a plant-based diet and controlling diabetes
  • Cooking session with a chef with expertise in plant-based meal preparation
Seminar 3
Feb. 21, 2015 – Changing the Environment
  • Adding movement to your day
  • Counting steps
  • How to exercise with arthritis or joint pain
  • What exercises are safe for hip, knee, and ankles?
  • Starting slow and steady
Seminar 4
Feb. 28, 2015 – Diagnosis and Drugs

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Obesity
Understanding the connection
Lifestyle versus genetics

Seminar 5
March 7, 2015 – Eating and Emotions

Examples of healthy selections from popular restaurants
Ask server that oil be minimized, and sauces served on the side.
Don’t be shy about asking for things that aren’t listed on the menu (e.g., oatmeal, spaghetti)
Look at menu on line before you get to the restaurant, decide before you arrive
The factors that contribute to obesity
More than greedy and lazy
More than calories in, calories out
Benefits of a high-fiber diet, Fiber satisfies the appetite, so you stop eating earlier.
Every 14 grams of fiber cuts 10 percent off calorie intake.
Healthy Breakfast: breaking the fast

Seminar 6
March 14, 2015 – Putting It All Together

Planning, purchasing and preparing food
Fitting in fitness


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