(MINOT, ND)—The Trinity Health Center for Diabetes Education will observe American Diabetes Month with a special program, “A Mindful Approach to Diabetes Care,” Monday, October 29, at Health Center – Riverside, 1900 8th Avenue SE.
Registration and vendor displays will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the program starting at 6:00. Snacks will be served, and the evening will conclude with a question-and-answer session.
Sarah Rimatzki, RN, BSN, diabetes instructor and the center’s coordinator, says mindfulness is quickly gaining traction as a useful skill that can help individuals with diabetes improve their health and well-being.
“Diabetes poses a major life stress that requires considerable physical, emotional, and psychological accommodation and coping,” Rimatzki said. “Mindfulness promotes present‐moment attention and awareness, skills that can help facilitate effective diabetes self-management.”
Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, including approximately 70,000 people in North Dakota. In addition, 188,000 people in North Dakota have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
For more information, call the Center for Diabetes Education at 857-5268.