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Published on November 07, 2011

Healthy Living with Diabetes: Center to Offer Information and Health Fair

The Center for Diabetes will again celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month with a free community event at Springfield Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diabetes educators will be available throughout the event to talk with visitors about the Center’s services and educational opportunities available at Community Hospital, the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake and Springfield Hospital.

This free community event will feature educational lectures and workshops on topics that are important to those living with diabetes. Information sessions featuring medical and motivational speakers will be offered throughout the morning. In addition, diabetes vendors will demonstrate products and speak with attendees about technological advances. Speakers include Ruth Ann Fitzpatrick, M.D., medical director for the Center for Diabetes; Glenn Ladinsky, M.D., Crozer nephrologist; and Deepta Rawat, M.D., M.S., retina and cataract surgeon and the director of Retina Surgery at the Moore Eye Institute at Springfield Hospital.

In addition, free glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. Patients are required to begin fasting at midnight the night before in order to have the screening done at the health fair. Free screening vouchers will be given after 10 a.m. for those who forgot to fast. Flu shots will also be offered.

Lynn Diven, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., Center for Diabetes nutritionist, will be available throughout the morning to talk with visitors about the importance of good eating habits.  “Knowing what to eat can be confusing,” Diven says. “It is essential that a person with diabetes make healthy food choices for their entire family. At the Center for Diabetes, we work with the patient to help them improve their eating habits and maintain their goal of living healthy and managing their diabetes.”

One thing that Diven will discuss with visitors is healthy food choices that are good for everyone, not just those with diabetes. Some suggestions include:

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. 
  • Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
  • Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
  • Include fish in your meals two or three times a week.
  • Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in "loin" such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
  • Choose  nonfat dairy such as skim milk,  nonfat yogurt and  nonfat cheese.
  • Choose water and calorie-free "diet" drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
  • Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Remember that fats are high in calories. If you're trying to lose weight, watch your portion sizes of added fats.
  • Cut back on high-calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes and full-fat ice cream.
  • Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes.

“When you have diabetes, it is very important to improve your nutrition. Working with a nutritionist and your physician can improve your quality of life and we incorporate both at the center,” Diven says.

The Center for Diabetes at Springfield Hospital has been serving the community for many years. The Center delivers an American Diabetes Association (ADA) approved diabetes self-management and education program as well as specialized education for intensive diabetes management and insulin pump therapy.

For more information about the Nov. 5 event, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).

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