BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic will sponsor its five-part diabetes education program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4, 5, 7, 11 and 12 in the hospital clinic wing.

The series requires physician referral, and early registration is suggested. Class size is limited to assure personal attention. Topics covered will include diabetes mellitus, eye care, medications, foot care, meal plans, exercise and complications.

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. Scott Ferguson, optometrist; Linda Russell, licensed dietitian; Ron Balistreri, physical therapist; and Denyell Gerchman, pharmacist.

The classes are designed to give general information and help the patient manage their diabetes. The course will also introduce patients to a support system. A dietary consultation is required and should be done before the classes begin. People should contact Linda Russell, RD/LD, at 647-6062, to schedule an appointment.

The clinic was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its self-management education program

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.

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