Diabetes Network News | Published August 16, 2010

Mount Nittany and Weis Markets Team Up Against Diabetes

Every day, more than 4,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Centre County alone, it is estimated that nearly eight percent of adults have diabetes, a percentage that exceeds the national average.
In a shared quest to promote a healthy lifestyle, Weis Markets has donated $10,000 to Mount Nittany Medical Center’s diabetes program to help support diabetes education and prevention. With this recent grant, Weis Markets has contributed $20,000 to Mount Nittany Medical Center’s diabetes program.

"Healthy eating habits and nutritional awareness are vitally important in the fight against diabetes, especially for children and families," said Dennis Curtin, Director of Communications for Weis Markets, Inc. "That education has been a focus of Weis Markets for many years, and by contributing to Mount Nittany’s diabetes programs, we can help to support these extremely important education programs for diabetes prevention.”

This gift will help to fund a mobile diabetes unit slated to launch within the next 12 months. The unit will provide easier access to education and prevention programs for at-risk individuals and help to support primary care physicians throughout rural central Pennsylvania. Dietitians and diabetes educators will assist primary care physicians in basic care for patients with diabetes by meeting with patients in physicians’ offices and helping to educate them about diabetes. The unit will also travel to malls, grocery stores and various companies and organizations throughout central Pennsylvania to provide diabetes screenings, education and nutrition education. The program was piloted at Penns Valley Area Family Medicine two years ago and was popular with patients and physicians.

Mount Nittany offers a full range of diabetes programs at the Medical Center throughout the year. Individual counseling provides education on all aspects of the management of diabetes, including diet planning and nutritional counseling. Mount Nittany offers inpatient and outpatient diabetes nutritional counseling and diabetes support groups. Diabetes self-management classes are held in five-week long group sessions at the Medical Center, Penns Valley Area Family Medicine and Snow Shoe at Mountaintop Medical Center. Taught by diabetes educators, physical therapists and registered dietitians, the program teaches those with diabetes and their loved ones how to live with and manage the disease.

For more information about diabetes including the self-management classes, support group, Penn State’s Dining with Diabetes and more, visit mountnittany.org/departments/diabetes.