Whether you're newly diagnosed with diabetes or need a refresher on managing the disease, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital's Diabetes Education program can help.
The program is staffed by a caring team of professional staff:
- Lynn Kihm, RN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator
- Marlie Carlson, RD, CDE, Registered Dietician
- Mark Fischer, PharmD, Registered Pharmacist
- Pam Brown, PT, Physical Therapist
Conversation map and "Life with Diabetes" classes are designed to educate people with diabetes and their families about this disease, providing an opportunity to talk with others about diabetes. Participants will gain a better understanding of the disease, learn how to maintain various aspects of their health (including physical and emotional), develop skills to help control the disease, and develop a self-management plan to help prevent complications. Class topics include, but are not limited to:
- The Nature of the Disease
- Coping With Diabetes
- Diet and Meal Planning
- Insulin, Oral Medications and Blood Sugar Reactions
- Tests and Control of Diabetes
- Exercise and Sick-day Management
An adult support group (hosting special diabetes programs and providing informative speakers) meets the second Thursday of each month at the Hospital in the Huron Conference Room. These meetings take place at 12:00 noon until approximately 1:00 pm and include lunch.
Diabetes Awareness Month is November and World Diabetes Day is November 14th.
Annual Motorcycle & Classic Car "Ride to Bay Mills" Ride for Diabetes
This annual event takes place in August. This annual motorcycle and classic car ride takes a scenic tour from Newberry to Brimley and back with a fun lunch stop at Sacy's Restaurant at Bay Mills Casino in Brimley. This event raises funds for and awareness of diabetes in our community. All funds stay in our community to help with glucosemeter strips, dilated eye exams, education, and DSMES and MNT dietation. For more information about getting involved with the walk contact Lynn Kihm at 906-293-9286.
Annual Walk for Diabetes
The annual Walk for Diabetes takes place in September. This annual walk raises funds for and awareness of diabetes in our community. All funds stay in our community to help with glucosemeter strips, dilated eye exams, education, and DSMES and MNT dietation. For more information about getting involved with the walk contact Lynn Kihm at 906-293-9286.
Meter Clinic Day
The Meter Clinic Day is usually in November at Synder Drug Store in Newberry, Michigan.