New Format is more about Hands-On Diabetes Management
The Diabetic Education Department at ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca is switching things up a bit this New Year with its diabetes support group.
The renamed Diabetes Adventure Group will offer meetings at off-site community locations like a grocery store, restaurant and apple orchard. “This is a great opportunity for people with diabetes to learn from other experts in the field,” said Anne Menzies, certified diabetes educator at ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca.
The Adventure Group meets every other month on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings are free but pre-registration is required.
A support group is an essential part in diabetes management, Menzies added. “It helps people focus on the fact that they are not in this alone and gives them an opportunity to learn from others who may be having some of the same problems they are,” she said. “It’s amazing how much we learn from each other.”
The first off-site meeting on Feb. 2 will be at Piggly Wiggly to tour the grocery store, learn how to read labels, make healthy product choices and learn how to create a healthy shopping list.
On April 5 the group will meet at Advanced Family Eyecare to learn about the importance of eye health and how to prevent complications due to diabetes.
There will be a healthy cooking class on June 7 at the Riverside School building. “Participants will cook along with us and then taste our creations,” said Menzies.
The Aug. 2 meeting will be at the 900 Building to hear from a guest speaker nurse practitioner on how to make the most of medical appointments.
The year will wrap up with an apple orchard tour on Oct. 4 and a meal on Dec. 6 at a restaurant to learn how to eat out while watching diet with diabetes.
To pre-register for the Adventure Group, call (715) 258-1119 to register, or visit www.thedacare.org.
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare™ has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,800 healthcare professionals throughout the region. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 35 clinics in 14 counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service. Construction of ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton is underway. For more information, visit www.thedacare.org or follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.