Diabetes Expert To Talk About Surviving The Holidays With Meal Planning, Stress Reduction Tips — November 30, at 6 PM in the MCDH Redwoods Room Talk Is Part of Hospital’s Wellness Program Recognizing National Diabetes Awareness Month

FORT BRAGG, Calif. — November 16, 2011 — We’re approaching that time of year again when life becomes a little more hectic, and much of our social activity centers around food. And according to Pam Miller, NP, CDE, it’s an exceptionally challenging time for people with diabetes.

“This is a special season of gathering of friends and family,” says Miller. “With a little pre-planning, people with medical conditions like diabetes can successfully (and happily) navigate the holidays.”

Program is Free of Charge, Open to the Community

As part of Mendocino Coast District Hospital’s Wellness Program, Miller, a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator at North Coast Family Health Center, will present tips for a less stressful holiday season, and successful seasonal meal planning. “My presentation is applicable to everyone, not just those with diabetes,” she says, adding that healthy, diabetes-friendly   holiday recipe cards will be available to the audience. Her presentation, which is free of charge, takes place Wednesday, November 30 at 6 pm in the hospital’s Redwoods Room.

Miller, a Certified Diabetes Educator, works at the North Coast Family Health Center assessing and treating diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as counseling for those at risk for diabetes.  She has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, and a Nurse Practitioner for six years.

Diabetes A Major And Growing National Health Problem

According to the American Diabetes Association, with nearly 26 million children and adults in America living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country.  Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.

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About Mendocino Coast District Hospital

Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed acute care facility licensed by the State of California Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  MCDH provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, and healthcare education to prevent, manage and treat chronic and acute conditions. The hospital is located on the California coast, approximately 160 miles north of San Francisco.