The American Heart Association and its local Healthy for Good Sponsors Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and Dameron Hospital are working with local faith-based to communities to host a free virtual symposium on diabetes education and management. Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The symposium will offer local health experts and resources to empower attendees to take charge of their health so they can be there for the moments in life that matter most.
• Stuart Welch, Senior Pastor for Life Connection Church in Modesto, CA who will serve as Emcee for the symposium.
• James Myers, Physician’s Assistant in Family Medicine with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial who will give the keynote address on the intersection between faith and health and taking action against Type 2 diabetes.
• Donna Schulz, RN, MSN, CDCES, Navigator/Diabetes for Adventist Health Lodi Memorial who will present on gestational diabetes.
• Katie Malone, Executive Director for the American Heart Association who will provide the welcome and an overview of the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The virtual symposium is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Register for this free Zoom conference at: https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LUeK4k2eQAmTBQeDNCTg_w
Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating healthy and regular physical activity may reduce the progression of prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes and control Type 1 diabetes. They can also minimize other risk factors such as high blood pressure, blood cholesterol and even heart attacks and strokes.
In many instances, lifestyle changes must be accompanied by medications to control blood glucose levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol. This complementary regimen may also prevent heart attack and stroke.
Diabetes can be successfully managed. Patients should work with their doctor to set personal goals and to monitor their critical health numbers, including: blood sugar level, weight, blood cholesterol level, and blood pressure.
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.