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St. Anthony Community Hospital Invites Young People with Type 1 Diabetes and their Parents to an Important Diabetes Educational Event

WARWICK (April 2, 2010) – Katherine was just three years old when her family learned she had Type 1 diabetes. Their lives changed dramatically.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

On Saturday, April 24 the Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital will host “In Whose Two Shoes,” an interactive diabetes education session for youth with type 1 diabetes and their parents.

The free public event, which is open to youngsters ages 8 to 16, and their parents, will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center, 20 Grand Street, Warwick, NY. Lunch will be served.

Mount Alverno Center is approximately ¼ mile past the St. Anthony Community Hospital entrance and there is ample parking space. Registration is required.

Geared especially for young people with diabetes, “In Whose Two Shoes,” will be presented by Katherine and her mom, Patti. Katherine is now a teenage youth with type 1 diabetes. The young lady and her mother are a trained youth/parent mentoring team for Sanofi-aventis U.S., a diversified healthcare company.

“This is an opportunity for us to offer a program where kids with diabetes and their parents can talk to each other,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN, CDE. “Katherine and Patti are a real family living with type I diabetes and they have experienced many of the same thoughts and feelings as you. Come to this session to hear their story and discuss many situations that families living with a youth with type 1 diabetes might face.”

Several years ago, in its determination to serve all the healthcare needs of this community, St. Anthony Community Hospital opened a Center for Diabetes Education.

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, the clinical instructors offer initial assessment, 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.

Seating is limited and anyone planning to attend the “In Whose Two Shoes,” interactive diabetes education session at Mount Alverno Center on April 24 must reserve a place as soon as possible by calling (845) 987-5168.

St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, is a non-profit hospital providing emergency, medical, surgical and obstetrical/gynecological acute care services to residents of southern Orange County, New York and Sussex County, New Jersey.

Bon Secours Charity Health System includes three New York hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis; Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern; and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick. Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the region's only open-heart surgical center at its Suffern campus and the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted-living and adult-home facility, and several other community based medical programs. It serves over half a million people in seven counties and three states. Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., based in Marriottsville, Maryland which is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing more than 20,000 caregivers in 7 states. For more information visit www.bschs.org

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