Together We Can! was the theme of the night at the Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative’s (RCDC) 5th Annual November Diabetes Seminar that took place on Monday, November 16 at the Riverside Convention Center.
The seminar focused on managing diabetes through healthy eating, regulating blood sugar, working on the emotional aspect of the disease, and more. Presenters at the seminar included Registered Dietician Kelly Weiss, Dr. Susan Jung Guzman, and Registered Nurse Amy Brant.
Out of roughly 50 participants, the majority had diabetes or was a caregiver for someone with diabetes. Participants were also provided the opportunity to check their A1C, which is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and also gauge how well the patient is managing their diabetes.
The Diabetes Academy mini-session was presented by Maria Blanca Tyson, MPH, RN, CDE. She focused on the differences in symptoms for low blood sugar levels and high blood sugar levels and highlighted the fact that they can have similar symptoms.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Susan Guzman is a clinical psychologist specializing in diabetes and her presentation focused on addressing the emotional aspects of diabetes. Her clinical and research focus areas include overcoming barriers to good management, family issues, and promoting attitudes that support living well with diabetes, from diagnosis throughout life.
The seminar takes place annually and is hosted by RCDC, which is a group of more than 40 diabetes-focused organizations and businesses that work together to strengthen community programs and services for the prevention and management of diabetes in Riverside and surrounding areas. RCDC is an initiative of the Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF), a leading health foundation that focuses on developing lasting programs and local services for the well being of our communities.
This year’s event was funded by Kaiser Permanente, Novo Nordisk, Riverside University Health Systems, Mini Pharmacy, City of Riverside, IEHP, Molina Healthcare, and Riverside Community Health Foundation.
For more information, contact Jessica Puente at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 951-788-3471, or by visiting rcdc.rchf.org.