Metro Health to Offer Diabetes Awareness and Management Programs
Metro Health Hospital will host a healthy cooking for diabetes event with celebrity chef Doreen Colondres in November as the kickoff to a variety of additional awareness, prevention and management programs over the next three months.
Colondres’ Latina Cooking class will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Metro Health Conference Center, 2225 Main St. SW, in Wyoming. During this free event, Colondres will demonstrate her fun approach to healthy cooking and how to make some of her favorite healthy, low-carb, flavorful dishes.
Colondres is a cookbook author, cooking show host and chef ambassador for Novo Nordisk – a leader in diabetes care. She is passionate about fresh ingredients and traditional cuisine.
Diabetes educators will be on hand for this bilingual event that will be offered in Spanish and English. Register at metrohealth.net or by calling 616.252.7117 to register by phone in English or 616.252.4652 for Spanish.
Other free diabetes programs will include:
- Diabetes Support Groups on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Metro Health Southwest, 2215 44th St. SW, in Wyoming. Participants in these diabetes support groups can meet others facing similar life challenges with diabetes who understand what they are going through. For more information on this program, call 616.252.8339.
- Diabetes Prevention Program. Metro Health offers a highly effective program for individuals who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The program reduces risk through lifestyle changes and is led by a trained lifestyle coach. Metro Health is the only organization in the area that has achieved full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its proven success rate with this program. Participants must meet certain criteria and make a one-year commitment. This free program includes weekly meetings with a lifestyle coach for the first 16 weeks, followed by six monthly sessions. Individuals can call 616.252.8339 to learn if they qualify for the next session that begins in January. First priority will be given to those who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or prior gestational diabetes or have had a lab indicating slightly elevated blood glucose levels.
Metro Health’s diabetes prevention program is listed on the CDC’s registry of recognized programs. This recognition signifies Metro Health successfully implemented and fulfilled all requirements to effectively deliver a proven diabetes prevention lifestyle intervention program to individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.