Canton, Ohio: Roger Baird, an A1C Champion, will share his personal experiences living with diabetes and steps to live a healthier life at Mercy Medical Center’s Adult Diabetes Support Group to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Mercy Medical Center. A1C Champions are people with diabetes who share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and their personal experience. Baird hopes to encourage others to be proactive in caring for their diabetes.
Mercy Adult Diabetes Support Groups are free, but reservations are required. For more information or reservations, please call Mercy’s Healthcare Connection at 330-489-1333 or 800-223-8662.
For more information about Mercy Outpatient Diabetes Education, call Debra Shaw, RN, BSN, CDE, diabetes education coordinator, at 330-489-1484.
Diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, affects approximately 21 million children and adults in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association. Mercy’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program offers free adult and pediatric support groups, individual instruction from a nurse and dietitian, group class education and community events including an annual diabetes awareness health fair. Diabetes support groups offer men, women and children living with diabetes and their family members a supportive environment to learn more about how to manage the disease and cope with everyday issues.
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.
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