Preventing and managing chronic diseases has taken center stage with local health systems trying to control costs and improve outcomes for patients.
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital offers free diabetes management classes on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ruth Belle classroom, Health Resource Center, 2 Bernadine Drive, Newport News.
The classes are run by diabetes educators and registered dietitians to provide education on nutrition, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and medication management.
"When your blood sugar is well controlled, you have more energy and reduce your complications for serious complications like heart disease and stroke," Bon Secours said in a news release. "Our staff will teach you how to reach this level of blood sugar control by making simple lifestyle changes."
To register, or for more info, call 757-889-2273 or visit http://www.bshr.com/events.
… and for leaders
The Peninsula Health District is offering leader training in diabetes self-management to help people take charge of their health conditions.
During the training, participants learn how to set and report on action plans and practice teaching two assigned activities with a co-leader. Following training, leaders are expected to commit to facilitate a program once a week for six weeks (each workshop lasts 2 1/2 hours) using a detailed, scripted manual.
Leader training is scheduled for four days, Mondays and Tuesdays, May 5, 6, 12 and 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peninsula Health District, 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. For information, call Sherry Massie, 757-594-7259, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AstraZeneca's patient assistance programs in Virginia — AZ&Me and the Medimmune Assistance Program — provided more than $52.6 million in assistance to 36,700 patients last year. Nationwide it provided $975 million in aid.
The programs typically help those in the following categories:
• Individuals without prescription coverage, free medicines for those with an annual income below $35,000 ($70,000 for a family of four).
• Medicare Part D beneficiaries, patients with an annual income below $35,000 and couples with income below $48,000.
• Health-care facilities and nonprofits, such as DSH (disproportionate share) hospitals that provide charity care and community free clinics.
For more information, go to http://www.astrazeneca-us.com or call 1-800-292-6363; or go to http://www.myAccess360.com or call 1-877-778-9010. AstraZeneca also participates in the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
Stand up to bullies
Parents Against Bullying of Virginia is hosting a show "Girl Talk — S.T.A.R." geared to girls ages 7 to 15 at the Northampton Community Center, 1435 Todds Lane, Hampton. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 31. RSVP to Shawnie, 757-329-2859 or email@example.com by Wednesday, March 26.
A flier announcing the program invites people to "join us again as we come together to talk about real issues and situations affecting the young girls and women of today!"
The Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk received a check for $11,655 from sales of the cookbook, "Southern Living Christmas Cookbook," at Dillard's stores in Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
In all, the department store gave $1 million this year to the cause from sales of the book. Overall, it has donated $11.4 million over the years.
Across the country Ronald McDonald houses offer care to more than 8,000 families of seriously ill children each night. For more information on the houses, visit http://www.rmhc.org.
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