April 20, 2018
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Sebasticook Valley Health Diabetes Support Group’s first monthly meeting Thursday in Pittsfield

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Tina Boudreau, a Program Association from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, will be the scheduled speaker at the Sebasticook Valley Health Diabetes Support Group’s annual meeting in Pittsfield.

The meeting, which is held the second Thursday of each month, will commence at 4 p.m. at the Cianbro Corporate Office Conference Room.

SVH Chief Human Resources Officer Lisa Janelle said Boudreau will give advice on how to maximize the benefits of summer produce through eating healthy and preserving the harvest.

“We try to reach experts in various fields. We have a variety of speakers come in and talk about different topics to manage their diabetes better,” Janelle said. “There should be some discussion [Thursday] about how you can preserve some of the things you grow in your garden.”

The meetings generally draw roughly 20 folks from Newport, Pittsfield and surrounding towns, and with Maine recently being dubbed as New England’s most overweight state, diabetes awareness is critical.

“Diabetes is a complication from being overweight, [it] kind of goes hand in hand,” Janelle said.

The support group generally discusses how to treat and prevent diabetes.

“We have even talked about medical [supply] storage and how to do that in an appropriate manner,” Janelle said.

The group mainly consists of people over the age of 50, Janelle said, and it also provides them with a great sense of camaraderie.

“There’s a social element to this too,” she said. “Not only to provide support for one another but also an opportunity to have some social interaction.”

It‘s also educational, Janelle said, as the older a person gets, the higher the risk of contracting diabetes gets.

The public is welcome to attend Thursday’s meeting. For information, call Janelle at 487-4024.

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