Diabetes Programs Offered in November at Good Samaritan Health Center

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions.Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes and if current trends continue, one in three children born today will face a future with diabetes.

Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill is providing a pair of programs in November to help people learn more and better understand the risks of diabetes and what they can do to prevent or manage the condition.

Good Samaritan Health Center and Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center will join forces on Thursday, November 12 for an informational program on the impact of diabetes.

Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center Family Medicine Physician Paul Thompson, M.D., will lead an informative discussion on the importance of recognizing and controlling diabetes during “Diabetes Matters,” a free educational program to be held in the Cafeteria at Good Samaritan Health Center. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be provided at 6 p.m. with the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the program but advanced registration is required by calling 715.539.5090.

In addition, Good Samaritan Health Center will host a morning of free diabetic screenings on Wednesday, November 18.

Dr. Jeff Chism of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center will provide free diabetic foot screenings and registered nurses from Good Samaritan Health Center will provide free blood pressure and blood sugar testing. These free screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to Noon on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis in the Rehabilitation Services waiting area in the Menard Center. For more information, please call 715.539.5075.

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