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May 21, 2015

Good Samaritan Medical Center partners with Brockton Boys and Girls Club on Diabetes Prevention Defeating Diabetes

Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Defeating Diabetes – Is a Family Affair.

Good Samaritan Medical Center is collaborating with The Brockton Boys and Girls Club during the annual Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes campaign to present a diabetes awareness and prevention program on Thursday, June 11, 2015.  The two-hour program will feature two interactive healthy lifestyle workshops, the 2nd Annual Youth Wellness Award presentation, raffles, and a free healthy dinner.

“We are excited to engage the children and their families in this way,” said John Jurczyk, president of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “It gives us a chance to share this vital information about diabetes prevention to the entire family. We know that a diagnosis of diabetes in one family member can affect the entire household and providing this education can help them transition to a more healthy lifestyle as a whole, and reduce risk for additional diagnoses.”

In 2014, the Diabetes Clinic at New England Sinai Hospital, Good Samaritan’s Platinum co-sponsor of Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes, had 5,434 appointments attended by patients being treated for diabetes.  

“We’ve seen an increase in diagnosis over recent years,” said Lawrence Hotes, MD, chief medical officer and VP of Medical Affairs at New England Sinai Hospital. “It’s not uncommon for us to have several members of the same family as patients.  We offer diabetes education appointments to all of our patients to help them manage their diagnosis at home with a goal of improved health for each family member.”

Guests attending the June 11 event will participate in two workshops; “Families That Play Together, Stay together!” with Sean Hayes, MBA, Wellness Coach, Steward Health Care Network, and, “ Fun Food, Smart Shopping” with Bethany Gentile, Clinical Dietitian, Good Samaritan Medical Center.  Both workshops will demonstrate the importance of family participation in activities and meals for optimal health while managing and preventing diabetes.

The event is free and will be at The Boys and Girls Club of Brockton, 233 Warren Avenue, Brockton. Register in advance at 1-800-488-5959, participants do not need to be a member of the Boys & Girls Club to attend.