Diabetes A1C Champions Program to Be Held at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

WARE — Alicia Walter, clinical dietitian and nutrition educator at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, will present the Hemoglobin A1C Champion Program on Sept. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. The program will be held in the main conference room of the hospital located on the second floor.

The Diabetes A1C Champions Program, sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis U.S., is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. The program will include an empowering presentation for people with diabetes, their families, and friends. This patient-to-patient presentation will include information about the physical, emotional, and psychological experience of living with diabetes.

According to Walter, “a diabetic diet should not be a rigid and restrictive menu plan. There is not one ultimate diabetic diet that everyone should follow; instead, nutritional management of diabetes is a lifestyle that balances moderation and healthy food choices. The AIC Champion program is designed to empower others to make the right choices in taking care of their diabetes.”

In addition, the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Diabetes Support Group, facilitated by Walter, meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main conference room located on the second floor of the hospital. Meetings are open to community members who have diabetes, their families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about diabetes.

There is no cost to attend, and examples of diabetic-friendly refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, contact Baystate Health Link at (413) 967-2488 or (800) 377-4325.