Healthy Horizons series resumes
The Healthy Horizons series sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will begin their fall meetings on Wednesday, Becky Ewing, RN, CDE; Kevin Conger, DTR and Vicki Berg, RN, CDE are once again planning a slate of educational programs for this year’s Healthy Horizons program which begins Wednesday, Sept 21 at the Cottonwood clinic.  The classes and weigh ins will be held every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.September 21.  The sessions will be offered every other Wednesday at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  All former participants are welcome back and any interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
The program stresses weight management through healthy lifestyle choices.  Each session begins with a confidential weigh in followed by a 30 minute educational class with changing topics.  Some of the subjects slated for the fall series includes Healthy Living vs Dieting; Emotional Eating; What Food You Can’t Live Without; the New Food Pyramid; Cooking Class; Rules and Plans for the Holidays.
“I hope people note the change in the day we will be offering the classes.  At everyone’s initial session we’ll be giving them a free nine inch plate to help understand the plate method and portion control,” said Becky Ewing, RN, CDE.  “We’ll have pedometers available for sale, at cost.”  The classes will also be facilitated by Kevin Conger, DTR. 
The cost of an initial session is $13. People who joined the classes in the past will be asked to once again pay the initial fee to cover the cost of materials for the fall and winter sessions.  Subsequent sessions have a $5.00 drop in fee.
“People are welcome to come to each session or join us when they can,” said Conger.  “We welcome everyone interested in learning techniques to make healthy lifestyle choices to help ensure a longer, healthful life. A lot of last year’s participants developed healthier habits and shed pounds as a result.  The classes are also designed for those interested in maintaining their current weight if they are in a healthy range.”
The Healthy Horizons program is also offered at the Kamiah Medical Clinic on Tuesday evenings.  Both are offered as a community service by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics.

Diabetes support group resumes
The support and informational groups for people impacted by diabetes will resume their monthly sessions on different days from their prior sessions.   Beginning Becky Ewing, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator will facilitate diabetes support and educational groups in Kamiah and Grangeville.  Cottonwood and area residents are welcome to attend either group.Tuesday, September 20th the Kamiah group will begin meeting on the third Tuesday of every month at the Kamiah Bible Church from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  
Beginning September 21st the Grangeville group will meet the third Wednesday of each month at Oscar’s Restaurant in downtown Grangeville.  The no host lunch with the facilitators will be from noon to 1:00.  The educational session will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. each month.  Cottonwood area residents are welcome to attend either group.
The topic for their first sessions will be ‘What I Learned on my Summer Vacation.”  Facilitator, Becky Ewing, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, will focus on recent research and current news about diabetes.  She’ll discuss what new information she acquired since the group disbanded for the summer months.  The Grangeville session is co-facilitated by Vicki Berg, RN, CDE and sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics.
“There is always, always something new to learn about diabetes whether it is from new research or just running across a piece of information that pertains to our group or to people with diabetes, in general,” said Ewing,  who is also a certified pump trainer.  “I am anxious to hear how everyone did over the summer and what others learned.  Of course, we always welcome new members whether they have diabetes or live with someone who does.”
Future meetings will be held on Tuesdays, October 18 and November 15 in Kamiah and on Wednesdays, October 19 and November 16 in Grangeville.  For additional information call either the Grangeville Medical Clinic, 983-6027 or the Kamiah Medical Clinic, 935-2585.

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