Diabetes Network News | Published November 25, 2008

Medical Center plans events to increase knowledge and compliance during American Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of the disease and the importance of proper diabetes control. Nationwide, 7.8% of the population have diabetes, 5.7 million of these people are undiagnosed, and 17.9 million have received a diabetes diagnosis.

In observance of November as American Diabetes Month, Mount Nittany Medical Center has many diabetes activities and events planned:

Choose to Be More Active group walk at the Medical CenterFriday, November 14, 12:15 p.m., Entrance D. Call 814.231.7095 for more information.Wear something blue to promote World Diabetes Day and take a step to prevent diabetes

"Why should I care about diabetes?" Lunch and LearnMonday, November 17, 12-1 p.m. Conference room 1. No charge, open to the community. Limited space available, call 814.231.7095 to register.

Diabetes Self Management Classes, new classes forming in January; call 814.231.7095 to register. The 4-week series of classes teaches those with diabetes and their loved ones how to live with and manage the disease. The classes are taught by diabetes educators, physical therapists, and registered dietitians and recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

Diabetes Support Group, Thursday, November 13, 6-7 p.m., Conference rooms 1 and 2, Entrance D. The support group is open to those with diabetes and their loved ones. Call 814.231.7095 for more information.

For more information on diabetes and diabetes education, contact the diabetes educator at 814.231.7095.

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Located in State College, Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, 203-bed acute care facility leading the region in medical, surgical, outpatient, diagnostic and cancer care services. The Medical Center employs about 1,300 skilled healthcare professionals and support staff, and has more than 240 credentialed, independently-employed physicians in 43 specialties and subspecialties. Committed to moving Life Forward, Mount Nittany Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community we serve. For more information, visit www.mountnittany.org.