Rhinebeck hospital program focuses on managing diabetes

Posted: 2/27/2017

Balancing a healthy diet with exercise and medicine are important tools for managing diabetes.

To help people live well with the chronic disease, Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays, starting March 7, in the hospital’s cafeteria conference room, 6511 Springbrook Ave.

“We’re bringing Stanford University’s tested program to the mid-Hudson Valley to improve the health of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes,” said Anne Rabbitt, the chief dietitian for the hospital’s parent organization, Health Quest. “We provide diabetics with the necessary tools to live long and healthful lives.”

The program is for individuals diagnosed with diabetes and their caregivers who are interested in learning more about brainstorming, problem-solving and action planning specific to diabetes.

Topics to be discussed include:
How to deal with fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression, anger, fear and frustration.
Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance.
Healthy eating.
Appropriate use of medication.
Effective communication with physicians.

Francine Skiba of Salt Point learned new techniques at a previous Health Quest self-management program, she said.

“I have a personalized action plan to manage my diabetes and learned that it’s OK to modify my plan if I fall behind,” she said. “At the end of the day, managing my condition is the most important thing. I am in charge of myself, I make the decisions, I self-manage.”

Seats are limited. For information, call 845-454-8500 ext. 72112 (TTY: 800-421-1220). Visit for a list of educational programs on diabetes.

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