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WWGH Partners with Harvest Foods to Raise Awareness of Diabetes


Walla Walla's Harvest Foods and the Walla Walla General Hospital Diabetes Center are partnering to make healthy eating a cinch for those with diabetes.

Starting in November in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, the two local businesses have developed a food label program designed to educate and help customers with diabetes and others at risk make healthy food choices. Based on criteria set by the Diabetes Center and the American Diabetes Association, more than 100 canned and boxed items have been identified as low carbohydrate and high fiber products. Those items are marked with a royal blue identifier on the shelves next to the products. Special displays will also highlight the healthy choices throughout the store.

“Our goal is to raise awareness in the community and help those who might not know they have diabetes to prevent it, as well as help those who do to manage this progressive but manageable disease,” says Kathleen Lockwood, who owns the Second Avenue store with her husband, Nolan. “We hope to identify and stock more items that will help in this effort.”

“Over the years there have been many attempts to make shoppers aware of various health risks,” says Nolan Lockwood, “ but they often fail because of a lack of commitment, lack of communication and lack of total involvement. The Diabetes Center can help us overcome all three of these roadblocks.”

In the month of November, diabetes educators will be on site to provide glucose screenings and blood pressure checks on these dates:

  • November 2, from 2-4 p.m.
  • November 16, from 10 am to noon
  • November 23, from 4-6 p.m.

“We’ll still provide screenings, classes and helpful literature on an ongoing basis, even after this special awareness month ends,” says Eva Saldana, diabetes educator at the center. “With the power of knowledge you can prevent diabetes and if you already have diabetes you can control the disease and prevent complications.”

For more information about the program call the Diabetes Center at 522-0100 or Harvest Foods at 525-7900.