Mercy Medicine Free Clinic hosts national diabetes program
The National Diabetes Prevention Program, supervised by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control began its first session in the Pee Dee on April 8. The program was hosted by Mercy Medicine Free Clinic of Florence and held at Lighthouse Ministries, 201 Elm Street. Attendees, who in most cases had diabetes or a close family member with diabetes, were brought together for a discussion of the nature, progression, complications and treatment of diabetes.
They will be instructed in proper diet and exercise and will return weekly for up to 16 weeks, when further educational content will be on-going, in hopes to prevent diabetes or slow the onset of same. Presenter was Bridgett Wheeler, RN, BSN, from the Mercy Medicine Free Clinic. Attendees were “weighed in,” given a supportive lecture, and given valuable materials to gage their compliance to improved diet and exercise from week to week. They were asked to return weekly for group support and valuable interaction.
The NDPP may well last over the course of one year. Wanda Green, BS, CHES, program coordinator from DHEC was on hand to supervise the first meeting of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in the Pee Dee. As has been stated, the goal of the NDPP is to provide education, instruction and support for those persons either currently with diabetes, or a close family relative with diabetes; and this extensive lecture series will help to prevent diabetes or significantly slow down the onset, making it easier to manage.
Diabetes Mellitus is significantly increasing in the gene pool of America, and definitive action must be taken now to either cure or better manage diabetics in America. Prevention or retarding the expansion of diabetes will save precious health care dollars. For more information on this free program of lifestyle coaching to prevent diabetes, email director.mercy@ gmail.com or call Mercy at 843-667-9947 and ask for Latrell Fowler, Director.