St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes

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St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes offers educational classes Diabetes patient credits program for helping him lose 115 pounds – and taking control of the disease

WARWICK (FEB. 1) – It’s an amazing accomplishment: In less than one year Steve Blehl of Milford, Pa., who has Type 2 diabetes, lost 115 pounds and, through proper diet and mild exercise, has managed to take control of the disease.

Along with support at home, Blehl credits his success to his instructors and the courses they taught in the Diabetes Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

“They were fabulous,” he said. “They gave me the right training and the right tools. I never thought I would change my lifestyle. Now I can’t imagine living differently.”

The Diabetes Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment and emotional support, and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease. They will show their patients how to live a normal and productive life with diabetes and how to control the
disease through diet and exercise.

Patients like Blehl often share their experience to provide encouragement to others.

Blehl, who last spring weighed a much as 370 pounds, blames much of his weight gain on “stress eating,” a bad habit he developed before he retired from a stressful job as a police sergeant. His hemoglobin A1c test - an average of blood sugar control over a six to 12 week period – measured 13.2 percent. Normal is between four and six per cent.

Bhehl’s most recent test result was 5.5 percent. He is off all medication.

“I feel better than I have felt in 20 years,” said Blehl. “I’ve been given a second chance at life.”

In order to help limit his daily food intake to 2,000 calories, Blehl employs portion control strategies such as using small plates and salad forks. And to help keep in shape he takes the stairs instead of the elevator and parks his car at the far end of the shopping plaza.

“Losing weight and keeping it off starts within you,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN. “You have to have the desire then muster up the will power and keep it alive every day. If you eat less and move more, the results you are looking for will follow.

“But don’t expect it overnight. Be patient. At our program we provide you with information regarding healthy eating and exercise, as well as encouragement and motivation to help you in your life-long journey to good health.”

Additional information about the Diabetes Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital is available by calling 845-987-5168 or at

One hundred fifteen pounds lighter: Steve Blehl credits his weight loss success to his instructors and the courses they taught in the Diabetes Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System 
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs. 

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit

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