For The Vista
How to deal with prediabetes is the subject of a free Community Seminar at 5 P.M., Monday, Oct. 22 at the Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complex at Crossville.
Linda Hassler, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, will present the program. Vaughn Brown and Dee Dee Kuenzer will also speak at the event.
“Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal. If it keeps climbing, it will probably become type 2 diabetes,” Hassler said.
“The good news is that prediabetes can be controlled with lifestyle changes, mainly eating healthy foods, exercising, and staying at a healthy weight.”
The late afternoon Seminar begins at 5 P.M. in the Conference Room and is open to the general public, both members and non members.
The Complex is located at 130 Woodmere Mall, Crossville, on Highway 127.
Hassler is the coordinator of the CMC Diabetes Self-Management Program.
She will give a comprehensive explanation of the diabetes condition and will answer questions from the audience.
“I’ll explain what the prediabetes symptoms are, what causes the condition, and what the risk factors are,” Hassler said.
“The United States National Institutes of Health advises taking small steps toward controlling this problem. It is not an unsolvable one. In fact most persons, who eat only a healthy diet, begin exercising and controlling their weight, end up feeling and looking better than they have in a long time,” Hassler added.
Vaughn Brown, a personal trainer and Wellness Complex afternoon team leader, will provide information on MedGem testing, which measures the number of calories the body burns to maintain the essential functions such as heart rate, brain activity, and breathing.
It is used in nutrition assessment for successful weight management, improved diabetic control, and overall health and wellness. It is a helpful and simple tool in the management of prediabetes and diet management.
Dee Dee Kuenzer, a registered nurse and program manager of the facility, will explain the services of the Wellness Complex.
She will give an overview of the exercise opportunities available including, aerobic classes, machine weights, free weights, and a wide variety of cardiovascular equipment.
The walking track offers a simple solution to burning calories while getting exercise.