“Secrets of the Slim” weight-loss workshops. To assist diabetics in addressing one of the most important aspects of controlling their condition, the diabetes education center at Mercy Medical Center is offering two sessions of its “Secrets of the Slim” workshop on losing weight and keeping it off. Presented on Thursday, January 10 at 6:15 p.m. and Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m., the two-hour presentations will discuss simple measures that diabetics can easily incorporate into their daily routines to lose weight and not regain it. The workshops will be conducted by Marie Fasano Ruggles, a Mercy nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. Mercy’s program is accredited by both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Its curriculum is a recognized educational program of both of these associations and meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Program. (Reminder: There is a 1:00 p.m. Minchah minyan at Mercy Medical Center, second floor, room 2146 (the Mercy shul), Mondays through Thursdays.)

Diabetes self-management training program in Spanish. To meet the demand for information to address one of the most pressing public health concerns facing Long Island’s Hispanic community, Mercy Medical Center will be conducting its popular outpatient diabetes self-management training program in Spanish in February.

The program begins with an hour-long individual assessment for each participant, followed by two weekly group workshops on Friday, February 1 and 8, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Each participant also receives a free follow-up session approximately three months after the program ends.

The Spanish-language training will be conducted by Patricia Mairen, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. Patricia is credentialed by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, and is both a volunteer and an active member of the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association Latino Initiative.

Those who can benefit from the program include both individuals recently diagnosed with diabetes and those who have been living with it for some time, along with those who are confused about what to eat, those having difficulty controlling blood sugar, those who have experienced serious consequences of the disease such as vision or foot problems, and those who want to maximize energy, improve emotional well-being, and prevent complications.

The program at Mercy provides participants with the skills required for day-to-day management of diabetes and strategies for people living with diabetes to maintain and maximize life activities. These programs are most often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Advance registration is required to verify insurance coverage. For information call 516-62MERCY. v


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