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Diabetes Patient Speaks at May 22nd Support Group About Taking Control of Your Diabetes

May 20, 2014

Morrisville – Scott Simmons, a member of the A1C Champions® Program, will talk about his personal experience living with diabetes at the May Diabetes Support Group Meeting held at Copley Hospital. Simmons will discuss his personal experience in achieving good glucose control, planning and prioritizing diabetes management, developing a balanced, healthy lifestyle, and how he overcame his fears surrounding diabetes. By sharing his personal challenges and triumphs with diabetes management, Simmons spreads a message of encouragement and responsibility. The support group is scheduled for Thursday May 22nd at 6:30 pm at Copley Hospital’s Wellness Center (604 Washington Highway, Morrisville). This monthly group is free and is open to people with diabetes and their families. Registration is suggested by contacting Nancy Wagner, CDE at 888-8226.

The A1C Champions® program is an educational and inspirational initiative for patients with diabetes. The program is supported by Sanofi US but no specific products are mentioned during the session. Research has shown that people are more likely to take the necessary steps in their treatment plan after participating in a mentoring program such as A1C Champions.

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition characterized by high blood sugar in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the body into the cells of the body for energy. It is estimated that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed.

In addition to the monthly Diabetes Support Group, Copley’s Wellness Center also offers programs including CPR and first aid, smoking cessation, classes for expectant parents, and personalized services through its Workplace Wellness Program. For more information on the many programs and classes available through Copley Hospital’s Wellness Center, call 888-8369 or visit Copley’s website at copleyvt.org/classes-and-events/.