|New techniques used to engage participants with practical tips on nutrition, physical activity and life skills
Ravenna, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2009 – Robinson Memorial Hospital’s diabetes education team is hosting an interactive discussion on diabetes management from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the hospital. The free program, called “Diabetes Dialogue,” will use Conversation Maps, which are new interactive learning tools designed to spark communication and learning.
“The maps are a tool to get individuals motivated in their diabetes education,” said Ed Eichler, CNS, RN, CDE, of the Diabetes Care and Education Center. “Participants will discuss topics on the maps, and facilitators will be on-hand to clarify and answer questions.”
The maps are large, 3-foot by 5-foot displays with a series of images and metaphors that participants can use as a visual tool and discussion-starter. Facilitators hope participants can use the program to plan changes in their lifestyle and generate action plans to take home.
Topics of the day include: “On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes,” “Diabetes and Healthy Eating,” and “Monitoring Your Blood Glucose." Each interactive session will last about 30 minutes, and refreshments will be served.
“On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes” provides background information on diabetes, potential complications and how to better manage this chronic health condition.
The “Diabetes and Healthy Eating” session will teach participants how to keep track of carbohydrates and how to manage diabetes with a low-fat, high-fiber diet.
“Monitoring Your Blood Glucose” shows participants when and how to test blood glucose levels.
The Diabetes Care & Education Center at Robinson’s Kent Medical Arts Building is Recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The outpatient program is designed to help diabetic patients learn to manage their diabetes more effectively and to lead more satisfying lives.
To register for this event, call Robinson Memorial Hospital at (330) 297-2576.