BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic will sponsor its five-part diabetes education program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 24 in the hospital clinic wing.

The series requires physician referral, and early registration is suggested as class size is limited to assure personal attention. Topics covered include: “What is Diabetes Mellitus,” “Medications and Managing Your Diabetes,” “Proper Foot Care and Diabetes,” “Eye Care and Diabetes,” “Meal Plans and Diabetes,” “Exercise and Diabetes” and “Complications and Diabetes.”

In addition to Elaine Drew, RN/CDE, a registered nurse who is also a certified diabetes nurse educator, lecturers will include Dr. Shannon Meredith, podiatrist; Dr. Thomas Gordon, optometrist; Linda Russell, licensed dietitian; Peggy Truman, physical therapist; and Denyell Gerchman, pharmacist.

The classes are designed to give general information about diabetes and help the patient manage their diabetes. The course also introduces patients to a diabetes support system.

A dietary consultation is required, and should be done before the classes begin. Those interested should contact Russell at 647-6062 to schedule an appointment.

Participants are encouraged to bring a relative or a friend with them. For more information about the program or to register, call Drew at 647-6064.

Bridgton Hospital has received the American Diabetes Association Education recognition certificate for a quality diabetes selfmanagement education program.

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