Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation focuses on diabetes prevention

The TCRHCC Diabetes Education & Clinical Nutrition staff stand in front of Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation to call attention to National Diabetes Month, which takes place in November. On Nov. 2, two diabetes expos will take place, one in Tuba City and one in Flagstaff. Submitted photo

The TCRHCC Diabetes Education & Clinical Nutrition staff stand in front of Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation to call attention to National Diabetes Month, which takes place in November. On Nov. 2, two diabetes expos will take place, one in Tuba City and one in Flagstaff. Submitted photo

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — On Nov. 9, for National Diabetes Month, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation will hold its 19th annual Western Navajo Diabetes Expo from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at St. Jude’s Church in Tuba City.

The expo is put on by TCRHCC departments: Healthy Living Diabetes Education and Clinical Nutrition and Health Promotion and Diabetes Prevention.

Also, on Nov. 2 Sacred Peaks Health Center in Flagstaff will hold its first annual diabetes expo. Both expos are a way for families to learn about preventing and treating diabetes.

Nearly 30 million people in the US have diabetes. Another 86 million have prediabetes and are at-risk for getting diabetes. Diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating, physical activity and weight control. All Native American adults over age 45 should be screened once every three years. People who are overweight or obese should start being screened around age 10. Diabetes is controllable when you know you have it. Diabetes education can help prevent the complications of diabetes, like kidney disease, eye disease, heart disease and amputations.

TCRHCC sponsors the Healthy Living Diabetes Education & Clinical Nutrition program, which isWestern Navajo’s only diabetes education program accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. TCRHCC offer diabetes education, nutrition care for any problem, weight loss counseling, and support for women with diabetes in pregnancy.

On Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m., the group diabetes class is located on the first floor of the Outpatient Primary Care Building near the new same-day appointment location.

“We welcome people with diabetes and their families to attend group diabetes class,” a press release said.

Class is in Navajo on the last Tuesday of the month. Appointments with the Pharmacy Diabetes Clinic are also on the first floor.

Appointments with Ruby Whitethorne, BSN, RN, CDE; Marilyn Smith, RDN; and Theodora Rudd, MSHS, RDN, are located on the second floor. Appointments with Annie Edleman, RDN, CDE; and Mary Degnan, MS, RDN, CDE are located on the third floor. Eye screenings, foot exams, and meter teachings by health techs, Lenora Hatathlie and Vanessa Begay, are now done as part of any provider appointment on any floor.

More information is available from Healthy Living Diabetes Education & Clinical Nutrition at (928) 283-2895. Susan Hoelscher, MS, RDN, CDE, CSP, CLE, CPT, or Sacred Peaks Health Center can be reached at (928) 863-7333.

More information for families interested in preventing diabetes, weight loss, physical activity, and healthy eating can help. TCRHCC’s Health Promotion and Diabetes Prevention programs can assist your family in preventing diabetes by calling (928) 283-1420.

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