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Silver Cross Diabetes Center Receives Grant to Fight Diabetes

New Lenox, IL (March 28, 2012)— The Silver Cross Diabetes Center was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the McKesson Foundation to expand the Center’s Diabetes Nutrition Education Program.

The purpose of the grant is to target the epidemic of diabetes and obesity by teaching healthy nutrition to patients and their families. “The program will include meal preparation with low fat cooking techniques, as well as calorie control and portion control and of course exercise,” said Patsy Harris, RN, Silver Cross Diabetes Center Program Manager.

Through this grant the Silver Cross Diabetes Center will continue its mission to raise awareness to how diabetes is a complex, serious and increasingly common disease affecting more than 26 million children and adults in the United States. There are an additional 79 million Americans who are at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.

“Many patients learn for the first time that they have diabetes while in the hospital,” says Harris. “Last year, 24 percent of our inpatients had a primary or secondary diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. By diagnosing diabetes early, we can help our patients manage the disease and keep them out of the hospital.”

Diabetes is a silent disease and if left untreated can harm your eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys just by having too much sugar in the bloodstream.  The risk factors for diabetes increase with age and weight gain.  Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Those who are at risk have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or have delivered a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.  Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms.  However, if you are constantly thirsty, urinate frequently or lose weight without trying, you should see a physician.

“By receiving this grant, we hope we can assist our patients to have a fulfilling healthier and active lifestyle,” said Harris.

About the Silver Cross Diabetes Center

The Silver Cross Diabetes Center is one of the area’s first American Diabetes Association’s recognized quality comprehensive diabetes management programs. Since 1996, the Diabetes Center has helped more than 6,000 patients and frequently provides educational programs and screenings in the community. For more information, call (815) 300-5990 or visit www.silvercross.org.

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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