January 22, 2014 -
PORT ANGELES - In an effort to promote health and wellness through appropriate
lifestyle choices, and provide education in chronic disease management, Olympic Medical Center's
Nutrition Services and Diabetes Education department will kick off 2014 with a Diabetes Fair on
Tuesday, January 28, 2014. The free community event will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the lower
level conference area of Olympic Memorial Hospital at 939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles.
"The event is designed to build awareness of the risk of diabetes and emphasize the importance of
lifestyle choices for those with the disease," says Vicki Everrett, RD and certified diabetes educator at
Olympic Medical Center. "We'll have stations featuring topics like carbohydrate counting, meal planning
and diabetes risk assessment."
In addition, guests will have the opportunity to meet Olympic Medical's Bruce Williams, MD,
endocrinologist, and visit with clinical staff to discuss diabetes and pre‐diabetes, portion control, how to
read food labels and how to gain better control over blood sugar.
Novo Nordisk, a leader in diabetes research and education, will be on site to provide free
educational materials and tools to help people with diabetes and pre‐diabetes manage lifestyle changes
Guests are invited to attend the OMC Diabetes Support Group immediately following the fair.
January's featured speaker is Jennifer Groves, RN, who will address the financial and emotional impact
of diabetes during her presentation titled, "The Costs of Diabetes". OMC's diabetes support group
meets at Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
to discuss the latest information on diabetes care and offer encouragement for adults with diabetes and
their friends and family. Discussion topics for 2014 include:
Jan 28 The Costs of Diabetes
Jennifer Groves, RN, Olympic Medical Center
Feb 25 Dental Hygiene and Diabetes... Really?
Renee Colwill, Eleven Eleven Dental
Mar 25 Driving Safely with Diabetes
Gailin Hester, Washington Highway Patrol
Apr 22 Managing Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Leonard Anderson, Cardiac Services, Olympic Medical Center
May 27 Foot Care: Freedom to Walk
Dawn Marie Alberton, Hangar Clinic
Jun 24 Physical Fitness: Does it Move the Numbers?
Brenda Brody, Anytime Fitness / Silver Sneaker Program
July 22 How to Change Lifestyle to Change Diabetes
Casey Lien, MD, Olympic Medical Physicians Primary Care Clinic
Aug 26 Overview of Stanford University Program: Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions
Jessie Stopsen, Olympic Area Agency on Aging
Sep 23 Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Curt Miller, MA, CCC‐A, FAAA, Olympic Hearing
Oct 28 Senior Information and Assistance
Margie Stewart, Benefit Advisor, Statewide Health Insurance
Nov‐Dec Holiday Celebration Potluck
For more information on Olympic Medical Center's diabetes education program, go to
www.OlympicMedical.org and click on "Services" or call (360) 417‐7125.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, awardwinning
health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the
community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven‐member, publicly
elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter
member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011).
Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80‐bed acute‐care facility in Port Angeles, including a
level‐three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC's
outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep
medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at
locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.