The public will have an opportunity to learn more about successfully managing diabetes at Spencer Hospital's Diabetes Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The fair features various informational booths from 3:30-5 p.m. in Spencer Hospital's conference center located on the lower level of the hospital. A light meal will be served at 5 p.m. with speaker to follow at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required for the meal and program. Please call the registration line at 264-6142 or visit the online event education calendar at www.spencerhospital.org to register.
Featured speaker will be Dr. Robert Santella, a physician at Avera Medical Group Nephrology of Sioux Falls, SD. He will share his diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on his training and personal experience with diabetes and kidney function. Dr. Santella's presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. and he will be available for questions following.
Pharmacists and diabetic educators from Spencer Hospital will be available throughout the fair for one-on-one discussions regarding medications. Participants are encouraged to bring their medication lists for review. Registered dietitians will discuss nutrition, emphasizing how people with diabetes can satisfy the requirements of a diabetic diet and counting carbohydrates.
Blood pressure checks and foot screenings will be provided and Avera Home Medical Equipment representatives will offer a look at diabetic shoes. Additional information will be provided on Women's Health Services, Planet Heart screenings, and exercise tips from physical therapists.
Representatives from various medical supplies vendors will display diabetic equipment and supplies. Free meter upgrades will also be available. Information will be provided with diabetic medicine and different kinds of insulin and insulin pump options to help reach your goal for diabetes. There will be lots of great information provided at the fair, including an opportunity to win various door prizes.
To pre-register, either go online at www.SpencerHospital.org under the education event calendar or call the reservation line at 264-6142.