Vol. 17, No. 1
Advanced Cardiology Techniques Enhance & Expand Treatment Options at Winthrop's Institute for Heart Care
Winthrop Elects New Members to Board of Directors
Scientific Research is Basic to Winthrop's Mission
Weight Management Program Takes Aim at Obesity
New Translation Service Breaks Language Barrier
Jay's World Foundation Dedicates Fifth Room in Cancer Center Unit
Winthrop's Lung Cancer Center: Cutting-Edge, Compassionate & Comprehensive Care
Winthrop's Home Health Agency Among Nation's Elite
Winthrop's MS Treatment Center Continues to Elevate Standard of Care & Research
New Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program Takes Flight at Winthrop
Organ Donor Network Medal of Honor
McCormack Fund Shows Support for Cardiopulmonary Stress Lab
A True Champion
Bay's Big Bash
The Franceschini Family Supports Colon Cancer Research
Evening of Tasting and Giving
Lippert Family Dinner Dance Raises $35,000 for Cancer Center for Kids
Residency Programs Get the Nod
Truckloads of Toys
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Pre-diabetes is a condition that affects many people -- both young and old. It occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes -- a chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar -- the body's main source of fuel.
In November, the Roslyn Savings Foundation presented a grant of $10,000 to Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center to help launch the pilot phase of the new Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program. Pictured (l.-r.) are Barry Cosel-Pieper, Winthrop's Director of Development; Lynne Chimon, RD, and Margaret Marinelli, RD, dietitians at Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center; Marian Conway, Senior Program Officer and Sharon G. Grosser, Executive Director, Roslyn Savings Foundation; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, Director, Diabetes Education Center; and Eileen Egan, RN, Marina Moore, and Diane Marron of the Diabetes Education Center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five adults has pre-diabetes. A recent grant of $100,000 by The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club has enabled the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop to launch a unique new program designed to promote lifestyle changes and stem the alarming rise in type 2 diabetes cases among individuals with pre-diabetes.
"Lifestyle Balance to Prevent Diabetes: A Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program" is the only program of its kind in the New York Metropolitan area. It provides a comprehensive educational experience that offers counseling to pre-diabetic individuals to encourage weight control, healthy food choices and regular physical activity.
"Recent studies indicate that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in those with pre-diabetes," said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, APRN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE, Director of Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center. "The Winthrop pre-diabetes program offers practical information about food products, strategies for eating out and realistic exercise habits."
The Roslyn Savings Foundation and Melville Lions provided funding during the pilot phase, and the Edward Smith Mineola Lions have made an enduring commitment to the program.
Pictured at the January 4 dedication of the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program are (l.-r.) Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO, Winthrop-University Hospital; Rich Volpe, President-elect, the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club; Emanuel DeFreitas, President, the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club; Richard Nicolello, Nassau County Legislator; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, Director of Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center; John H. Treiber, Vice Chairman of the Board at Winthrop and President of the Treiber Group, LLC in Garden City; John Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development, Winthrop.
The program costs $100 per person and is open to individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Seating is limited; advance registration is required. For more information on the Hospital's Diabetes Education Center and its comprehensive programming, please call (516) 663-2350.