Trinity Health excels at educating

Two routine news releases from Trinity Health bring to mind just what an incredible job Trinity is doing to not only treat its patients but keep them informed.

That whole ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure is more than just an old saying. Its truth is borne out time and again as people seek out good medical advice in order to live longer and better.

The latest release concerns a free program called “Mindful Movement,” which will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Trinity Health Community Conference Room at Town & Country Center, 1015 South Broadway.

The speaker will be Kristina Hokenson, an outpatient dietitian and yoga instructor who Trinity says enjoys coaching and educating individuals about food, nutrition, and mindful movement. She plans to discuss how mindful movement and exercise can help with diabetes management and overall health.

Interesting. And potentially helpful to many people.

How many? An earlier statement by Trinity cited the American Diabetes Association, which says that diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. or nearly 10 percent of the population. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes or are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

Who knew? Thanks to Trinity, more of us know the facts now and have further means to do something proactively.

Reservations for Tuesday’s event aren’t required but it is recommended that you call the Center for Diabetes Education at 857-5268 if you’ll be attending.

One of the ways Trinity has been helping people for several years now is the grocery store tours done in conjunction with Minot supermarkets. The next tour is scheduled for next week and was the subject of that second “routine” news release.

Trinity Health Outpatient Nutrition Services will lead a grocery tour for people affected by diabetes Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at MarketPlace Foods, 1930 South Broadway.

Participants are instructed to meet at the east entrance of MarketPlace Foods, near the deli. Space is limited. RSVP is requested by calling 857-5268.

What are the tours about?

“Eating healthy is one of the keys to achieving good glucose control, yet finding the right options at the supermarket can be overwhelming,” Trinity dietician Kayla Cole said in the announcement. “This tour is for people with diabetes, their friends and family members, or anyone interested in understanding food labels and making the best food choices to meet the nutritional needs of you or a loved one.”

The hour-long tour will include an aisle-by-aisle trip through the store, with tips on understanding food labels and making healthier meal choices to help manage diabetes.

Trinity Health has many, many similar educational offerings that anyone can take advantage of, and we are thankful for that. We can all benefit from wellness education. Like, who doesn’t need help truly understanding food labels these days? And making healthier meal choices? Sign us all up for that part of the lesson.