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August 1, 2018

Teaming Up to Fight an Epidemic in Huron County

2 dietitians Obesity and Diabetes Are Targets of Fisher-Titus Nutrition Services

As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Brandi Roeder is on a mission to raise awareness about two issues that are epidemic in our region: clinical obesity, and one of its results, diabetes. Brandi and an experienced team of Registered Dietitians work together to educate North Central Ohio residents on these two important issues.

“The rates for obesity and diabetes in Huron County are among the highest in Ohio,” Brandi says. “With our diabetes and nutrition education programs, our goal is to improve the overall health and wellness of our community.”

The Importance of Self-Management

One of the education courses Fisher-Titus Nutrition Services Department offers is the five-session “Diabetes Self-Management Program.” Participants with type 1, type 2 or pre-diabetes work with Brandi and the dietitians one-on-one and in small groups over the course of several months.

“Self-management participants learn about the disease process; symptoms and treatment of high blood sugar and blood sugar changes; glucose monitoring; insulin administration; meal planning and portion control; setting realistic goals; and much more,” says Brandi.

Disease and Diet

Fisher-Titus dietitians also accept referrals for a deeper dive into Medical Nutrition Therapy. This program focuses on healthy eating and condition specific nutrition education relating to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disorders, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, pregnancy and weight loss.

The hospital’s diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). A physician referral is required to participate and a fee accompanies both diabetes and nutrition education programs.

If you have or believe you are at risk for diabetes and wish to improve your health, explore the full range of Fisher-Titus diabetes and nutrition education. See your doctor for a referral or contact Brandi Roeder, RN, CDE at Fisher-Titus Diabetes Education:419-660-2596 or broeder@ftmc.com. Contact your health insurance provider to learn if your plan covers the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program or a dietitian referral. Financial assistance programs are available through Fisher-Titus. Visit fishertitus.org/diabetes-management-services for more information.

Photo Description: Teaming Up: Brandi Roeder RN, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator and Kelly Berry, MFN, RD, LD, Dietitian