New Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program Takes Flight at Winthrop


Vol. 17, No. 1
Winter 2006/2007

  • 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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  • 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.
    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.

    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."


    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 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.
    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.



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