BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic will sponsor its four-part diabetes education program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 30 and 31 in the hospital clinic wing.

The hospital has received the American Diabetes Association Education recognition certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The series requires physician referral, and early registration is suggested. Class size is limited to assure personal attention.

Topics covered include “What is Diabetes Mellitus?,” “Diabetes and Eye Care,” “Medications and Managing Your Diabetes,” “Proper Foot Care and Diabetes,” “Meal Plans and Diabetes.” Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover the registration fee.

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; 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. Contact Linda Russell, RD/LD, at 647-6062 to schedule an appointment.

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

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