NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins Visits Community Hospital
On March 21, NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins participated in a panel discussion about pre-diabetes and diabetes at Community Hospital. The event was presented by the Crozer-Keystone Center for Diabetes in collaboration with Novo Nordisk, and was for pre-diabetics and diabetics, support persons and family members.
The panel discussion focused on nutrition and diabetes prevention, exercise and its relationship with diabetes, obesity and its relationship to insulin resistance, and understanding diabetes terminology.
Crozer-Keystone endocrinologist Lawrence Wallach, M.D. shared a presentation with the attendees that showed statistics about diabetes, explained the difference between pre-diabetes and type I and II diabetes and more. Also participating in the discussion was family medicine physician Christopher Hannum, M.D.; Merrill, M.S., CPT-ACSM, CES-NASM, wellness director of the Healthplex® Sports Club, Mary Jane McDevitt, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E., director of the Center for Diabetes, Mary Weldon, R.N., C.D.E., diabetes educator and Lynn Diven, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., diabetes educator. The members of the panel also talked about the diabetes classes and services offered by the Center for Diabetes.
Wilkins, who has type 2 diabetes, discussed his experiences of living with the diabetes and his recommendations for following a healthy lifestyle. After the presentation, Wilkins greeted attendees and answered questions about his lifestyle and experience with diabetes. He offered helpful advice and information about the disease. The nine-time NBA All-Star, nicknamed the “Human Highlight Film,” currently serves at the Atlanta Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball.
For more information about the Center for Diabetes, call (610) 328-8920 or visit http://diabetes.crozerkeystone.org. You can also visit http://www.crozerkeystone.org/classes/ for information about classes and events.