November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Synergy Health & Wellness Raises Awareness and Helps Community with Navigating Diabetes Education and Holiday Meal Ideas
Bend, Ore. – October 22, 2020 – National Diabetes Awareness Month is a time when communities across the country come together to raise awareness about diabetes and support those living with it. The Synergy Health & Wellness nutrition and diabetes therapy team are dedicated to educating those affected (either personally, a friend or family member) locally with free virtual events throughout the month, including support resources for navigating diabetes, weekly recipes, and a membership drive for Central Oregon Type 2 Diabetes support community.
An estimated 34.2 million (all ages) or 10.5% of the US population have diabetes and 88 million adults (approximately 1 in 3) have prediabetes, according to the 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report by the CDC. Diabetes occurs at every age, in people of every race, gender, and of every shape and size. While some people can balance their blood sugar levels with eating and movement, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it. Diabetes distress can take a toll on those affected so having a strong support team is key to thriving with diabetes.
Synergy will feature a Diabetes Month webpage where weekly education, recipes, and virtual events will be shared at www.synergyhealthbend/diabetesmonth on the following dates:
November 1: Fermenting For Flavor!
Synergy’s team of dietitians and OHSU interns will present tips on use of fermented foods for added flavor! Learn about ways to add flavor without extra sugar or sodium. While this video is shared as part of our month-long list of diabetes-related events, fermenting for flavor is appropriate for everyone (with or without diabetes).
November 23: It’s a Blood-Sugar Friendly Thanksgiving!
Hosted by Kacey Conyers, Diabetes educator from team Synergy, will discuss intuitive eating, mindfulness practices, and balancing blood sugars and your plate while enjoying traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Synergy’s next “Thriving with Diabetes” four-week session begins January 16. Sessions will be held every Saturday 9 am to 11 am. Participants can choose to attend in person or virtually. Sign up at https://www.synergyhealthbend.com/diabetes-education-program.html.
Synergy Health & Wellness is a comprehensive center for Diabetes and nutrition counseling and massage therapy. Its AADE Accredited Diabetes program team includes five Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, one CDE RN and offers both individual and group training sessions. Synergy is the largest private clinic in Central Oregon to serve those with diabetes. This specialty is one of several that Synergy is known for, while the clinic also treats gastrointestinal and kidney disorders, hypertension, eating disorders, body image, and weight concerns. Popular programs include WalkStrong, a 12-week training program, group classes such as Healing Body Trust®, and private shopping and cooking instruction. More at www.synergyhealthbend.com or call 541.323-3488.