Humboldt General Hospital's Diabetes Support Group will meet next week.
Diabetics, pre-diabetics, caregivers and those who are interested in preventing
diabetes are invited to attend from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday,
March 6, in the hospital's Sonoma conference room.
The support group is led by Humboldt General Hospital Wellness Coordinator
Louis Mendiola and Humboldt General Hospital Director of Nutrition and
Dietary Services Tiffani Nalivka.
Mendiola said the main objective of the group is to offer information and
tips to the community on how to treat, live with and, in some cases, prevent
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that nearly 27
percent of Americans over the age of 65 and nearly 9 percent of America's
total population currently has diabetes.
"Diabetes not only impacts those with the diagnosis," said Mendiola,
"but it severely impacts our community as a whole. We want to help
our community combat this deadly disease."
The Diabetes Support Group not only provides a casual setting in which
participants can ask questions, but each month the program features a
different expert speaker who can address more specialized topics.
"With the help of physicians, podiatrists, dentists, fitness gurus,
and a slate of other experts, we will be able to deliver some very powerful
education, and that education will help curb the serious and widespread
impact of this disease process," said Mendiola.
Mendiola said the Diabetes Support Group is part of a larger initiative
at Humboldt General Hospital that goes well beyond caring for the sick
"We want to invest in the health of our friends and families in the
community in a more proactive manner," he said. "This is about
prevention and wellness; this is knowing that education combined with
action can make a huge difference."
The Diabetes Support Group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the first
Wednesday of each month in the hospital's Sonoma conference room.
For more information, please contact Humboldt General Hospital Wellness
Coordinator Louis Mendiola at (775) 623-5222, ext. 258, or via email at