Diabetic support group at MLHS

The Diabetic Education Department at Mille Lacs Health System will be starting a new Diabetic Support Group, beginning Wed., Jan. 20. The group will be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month thereafter in the North Conference Room in the Long Term Care Wing of the MLHS Onamia campus, from 4 – 5 p.m. For the few first meetings, attendees will be met in the Onamia clinic lobby at 4 p.m. for those who are unfamiliar with the location.

Diabetic education helps patients better understand and manage their disease through discussions regarding healthy eating, glucose monitoring, exercise, and diabetes medication.

“The group setting is a great environment for emotional support in dealing with the common frustrations surrounding managing diabetes, as well as learning, because the patients learn from each other and their experiences,” said Tammy Hall, MLHS Diabetes Educator and facilitator of the support group.

Included in the group’s activities will be guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, and professionals who can provide tips regarding topics such as exercise for the diabetic patient.

The support group in Onamia is new; there is also a support group that meets in Isle at the IREC on the first Tues. of every month , from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call Tammy Hall at 320-532-2337.