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Photo: MICHAEL STRAUB, License: N/A, Created: 2017:01:31 11:35:19


Photo: MICHAEL STRAUB, License: N/A, Created: 2017:01:31 11:34:43


Type 2 diabetes is a serious and expensive health condition. Two problems in the U.S. — overweight or obesity and a sedentary lifestyle — are also two of the most common causes for the disease, according to WebMD.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

Recently, The Wright Center for Primary Care was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Its program, “Wright Steps for Healthy Living,” provides residents in Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike counties with increased access to diabetes education services.

Upcoming educational sessions are scheduled for: March 16, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. to noon; April 3, 10 and 24, 1 – 3 p.m.; March 14, 21 and 28, 6 - 8 p.m.; and April 11, 18, and 25, 6 – 8 p.m. These sessions will be held at The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley, 5 South Washington Ave., Jermyn.

Enrollment in the program is open to any community member; participants do not need to be a patient of The Wright Center. Interested parties can call 570-230-0019 with questions or to register. Saturday sessions are also available upon request to accommodate busy schedules.

Most insurances are accepted. The Wright Center for Primary Care is committed to providing non-discriminatory, high quality and affordable care of all patients, regardless of ability or inability to pay.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

Certified diabetes educator, Rosemary Takacs, R.N., B.S., CDE, leads The Wright Center’s program in collaboration with Karen Papi, M.S., R.D., LDN, CDE, who provides nutritional counseling. Papi has been a certified diabetes educator for more than 10 years.

The Wright Center’s mission is to continuously improve education and patient care in a collaborative spirit to enhance outcomes, access and affordability. The Wright Center for Primary Care provides comprehensive healthcare services for children and adults through a “Patient-Centered Medical Home” delivery model, a welcoming setting in which a patient’s healthcare team, led by a single trusted healthcare provider, works collectively to coordinate care and meet physical and mental health needs. The Wright Center is recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a pioneering Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education Consortium and is focused on innovations to make graduate medical education and patient care delivery more efficient, effective, affordable and satisfying to patients and providers.