[caption id="attachment_22899" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/11\/IMG_2712.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="455" class="size-full wp-image-22899" \/> REGISTERED\u2008DIETICIAN\u2008KATIE\u2008Brown served avocado turkey salad sandwiches during Pocahontas Memorial Hospital\u2019s healthy eating event at Pocahontas IGA last week. PMH photos[\/caption]\r\n\r\nTo celebrate National Diabetes Awareness Month, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital teamed with Pocahontas IGA to host diabetes friendly \u201ctasting stations\u201d around its store last Friday afternoon.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nPMH staff manned the stations, offering free samples, recipes and healthy tips.\u00a0 Recipes revolved around traditional Thanksgiving foods (even leftovers!) with a slightly more healthy twist.\u00a0 Stations included avocado turkey salad sandwiches in the produce section, pumpkin pie parfaits in the dairy section, cranberry green beans and infused water in the meat section, and an apple and cranberry stuffing in the deli area.\r\n\r\nThe day was a fun event to raise awareness of diabetes and share a healthier way of cooking.\u00a0 Many shoppers immediately began looking for ingredients to prepare the recipes and commented that they would not need to cook dinner after they got home because they were having so much fun visiting the different stations.\u00a0 The day was possible through the work and collaboration of PMH and IGA, but was funded by a grant from the Snowshoe Foundation.\u00a0\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_22900" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2018\/11\/IMG_2713.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="319" class="size-full wp-image-22900" \/> Terry Wagner, RN, serves up fruit infused water at one of the Diabetes Awareness healthy eating stations at Pocahontas IGA.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Pocahontas County has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the state with nearly 11 percent of our population, aged 20 or older, being told by a doctor that they have diabetes.\u00a0 Not included in this are the many folks who are at risk for diabetes, have pre-diabetes or simply do not know that they have diabetes.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nNearly 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.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nPMH hosts a Diabetes Support Group on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us Tuesday, November 27, at 6:30 p.m.\u00a0 Meetings are a time of education and fellowship.\u00a0 For more information about the Support Group or diabetes education at PMH, contact Terry Wagner at 304-799-7400.\u00a0 You may also visit our website at www.pmhwv.org\/pmhdiabetes to learn more about the many opportunities we offer for education and support.