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PMH recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month

To celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital looked outside the box for a safe way to share fun diabetes cooking tips and recipes with the public. Traditionally, PMH teams with IGA to host tasting stations throughout the store to share food samples and recipes.

Since PMH’s diabetes cooking classes could not be held this year, the team who normally works to bring the “Sweet Life” classes to the community decided to film themselves preparing diabetes-friendly recipes and share them on the hospital’s Facebook page.

So far, the team has shared recipes for a beef vegetable soup and apple cinnamon pork chops. Videos show how quick and simple the recipes really are with ingredients most cooks can readily find in their kitchens. Additional videos and recipes will be shared through the end of the month. If you enjoy the videos and demos, consider attending a future “Sweet Life” class to see more in depth demonstrations of easy diabetes-friendly cooking and education. Call Susan at 304-799-7400 ext. 1009 to be placed on a call list when the classes are able to resume in 2021.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Pocahontas County has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the state with almost 11% of our population aged 20 or older diagnosed by a doctor as having diabetes. Not included in this are the many folks who are at risk for diabetes or have pre- diabetes or simply are unaware that they have diabetes. Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, and it is estimated that as many as one in every three adults will have the disease by the year 2050.

For more information about diabetes education at PMH, contact Terry Wagner at 304-799-7400. You may also visit our website at www.pmhwv.org/pmhdia betes to learn more about the many opportunities we offer for education and support.

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