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Hospital Offers Diabetes "Fast Track" Classes


For those with prediabetes, diabetes or a family history of diabetes, a new “fast track” class is now being offered to provide nutrition and life-style tips for controlling, preventing and even reversing diabetes and its complications. Presented by Susan Phillips-Meyer, RLD, RN, CDE, this one-day class is just 2½ hours long and has a registration fee of $30.

“Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, with some predicting that in future years as many as 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes,” stated Phillips-Meyer. “By making positive choices today, people in Tillamook County can enjoy life to the fullest as well as avoid the serious health complications that diabetes can bring. We’ve designed this new one-day class to be a jump-start to good health for anyone with an interest in preventing diabetes.”

The next “Diabetes Fast Track to Better Health” class dates are: Thursday, February 21, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Both will be held in the hospital’s third floor conference rooms. A class will be held in North Tillamook County in September.

The following support and education programs are also offered by Tillamook Hospital to help individuals with diabetes enjoy the best health possible. 

  • “Diabetes and All That Jazz” is a free support group meeting the second Tuesday of the month that features a short presentation on a diabetes-related topic.
  • “Living Better With Diabetes” is a four-session class providing in-depth information about diabetes that is offered six times throughout the year in both North and central Tillamook County. A referral from a health care provider is required. A number of insurance plans will help cover the cost.
  • Presentations to the community about diabetes, its risks and ways to prevent it are available at no charge. To schedule a presentation for your group or to get involved with one of our programs, call Susan Phillips-Meyer, RLD, RN, CDE, Diabetes program coordinator, at (503)-815-2443.