BCH diabetes team

By Jennifer Weber

According to the American Diabetes Association, “1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year” and “of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.” With proper education and treatment, this complex disease is manageable and can help reduce chances of developing complications in the future.

November is National Diabetes Month and Bertrand Chaffee, one of a limited number of sites for diabetes education in Western New York accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, is offering two special programs this month to educate the community about ways to manage this disease.

“Gourmet Dining on a 400-Calorie Budget” is a free healthy eating and cooking demonstration which will kick off National Diabetes Awareness Month on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m at the Concord Senior Center on Commerce Drive in Springville.

“We’ve planned it as an hour-long cooking demonstration of diabetic-friendly recipes sourced and modified by Kyle Schwan, a registered dietician who works at our hospital and nursing home. Our guests will then be served that meal, as prepared by our dietary team,” stated Kathleen Hebdon, RN, and diabetes education coordinator at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “On the menu: a pork tenderloin roast with apple dressing – which some people call stuffing – and a raspberry glaze. Side dishes include a brown and wild rice mix and a roasted vegetable medley. For dessert – well, we’re keeping that a surprise!”

“Our diabetes education team is always brainstorming for new ways to draw attention to our program. The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital ‘Gourmet Dining on a 400-calorie Budget’ may be our most creative effort yet,” said Kara Kane, Development and Community Relations Coordinator at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. “And people should not be deterred by the word ‘gourmet.’ Our recipes use affordable ingredients and some – like the roasted vegetables – can be adapted with seasonal produce.”

Gift cards to help with the costs of paper projects and produce are being donated by Tops Markets and Walmart.

There are limited spaces available for this event at the Concord Senior Center, which starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Sign up at the senior center or register by calling(716) 592-2871 ext. 1485 and leave a message or email kkane@bch-jbr.org.

A panel discussion hosted in partnership with the Buffalo American Association of Diabetes Educators Networking Group, “Diabetes: Talk to an Expert” will held on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 7-8:30 p.m at the Concord Senior Center. A panel of diabetes experts will be available to answer any questions, along with educating the public about various diabetes products. This discussion is free of cost, but guests must register ahead of time by calling (716) 592-9643.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital offers diabetes management classes for people with pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and their close family members. These classes are conducted on an individual basis to help people with diabetes understand and manage their disease effectively and includes topics such as the Basic Anatomy and Physiology of Diabetes, Types of Diabetes, Signs and Symptoms, Treatment Methods, Complications of Diabetes and Instruction in blood glucose monitoring and insulin injections.  For more information, please call (716) 592-2871  ext. 1489.

In addition to these diabetic education classes, the hospital also provides free monthly diabetic support group meetings led by a Certified Diabetic Educator on the first Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. for Type I and Type II diabetics and their loved ones as part of its community education initiative.