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January 14, 2014

Health Notes: Jan. 14, 2014

Diabetes classes begin Jan. 22

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s six-week comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will run Wednesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

All aspects of diabetic care will be covered ,from nutrition, exercise and medication to prevention of chronic and acute complications.

Learn about following a healthy meal plan, how to monitor blood glucose levels and the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle. Taught by an interdisciplinary team of four physicians, registered nurses, a dietitian/certified diabetes educator, physical therapist, registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a pharmacist, each two-hour session is designed to provide the latest information along with the tools and support needed to manage diabetes. 

A physician referral is needed for insurance and Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation.

For more information or to register, call the Diabetes Education Department at 897-2611.

This program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and sponsored by the Adirondack Health Foundation. 

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Dental Society offers dental-hygiene scholarship

CHAMPLAIN — The Adirondack Dental Society, in partnership with the Fourth District Dental Society of New York, will be sponsoring scholarships to assist local students who are interested in a dental-hygiene career.

The dental-hygiene curriculum is a two-year program, which includes a strong physical science background integrated with direct patient treatment. At completion, the dental hygienist will earn a professional state license and can work in a private office or in a variety of public-health settings.

The deadline for submitting an application is May 1. The award will be given June 1 and will be paid directly to the institution.

Any resident of Clinton, Franklin or Essex counties is eligible to apply.

The selection will be made by the admissions department at the hygiene school of choice, in conjunction with the Adirondack Dental Society and local high school councilors.

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