The Other Side of 50 October 2013

The waist is a terrible thing to mind but Marshall Medical is here to help

By From page OSF7 | August 28, 2013

As the body ages, it becomes tougher and tougher to keep the pounds where they belong and many find their waists expanding exponentially with the passing of the years.

One of life’s biggest challenges, for some, is maintaining a healthy weight that keeps the body functioning at maximum benefit throughout a lifetime.

But there’s hope and there’s help. And no one is turned away from Marshall Medical Center’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education program.

With an office at Marshall’s campus in Cameron Park, the knowledgeable registered dietitians and other experts also offer assistance to patients in Placerville. Those interested in getting a boost in climbing the hill of weight control can either ask their doctor for a referral or simply call the DNE office, 530-672-7021, to schedule an appointment for a consultation and evaluation.


Help for everyone

Because of generous support from the Marshall Foundation, virtually no one is turned down for help in managing their weight and problems associated with nutrition, according to Lisa Hartley, RN, a certified diabetes educator.

The tips and instruction available from Marshall’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education specialists are concerned mainly with issues regarding deadly diabetes, a heartbreaking condition that changes the way one lives life forever. It can be a daunting diagnosis, but with help, the path becomes smoother.

“I would say that two-thirds of the program is geared toward the diabetic patient, but weight control is also crucial in pre-diabetes cases and to prevent heart disease,” said Hartley. “We give patients all the knowledge available for their specific condition and encourage them to make lifestyle changes that will greatly improve their health.”

Hartley said that usually the process involves “small goals,” with patients eased into making changes that perhaps they’ve thought about for years, such as a regular exercise routine.

Sometimes, however, patients are raring to go and jump right in to follow the suggestions and implement their new knowledge.

“It’s always gratifying to see the successes and there have been many,” said Hartley.

Judging from comments by those who have enjoyed the benefits of the DNE’s offerings, Hartley has much for which to be grateful.


From class evaluation forms

“It’s great finding out how all the pieces of this puzzle work together. Thank you for providing this extremely valuable class.”

“Very thankful that a quality program for people with diabetes is provided. Nurses very friendly and willing to give suggestions — informative ideas given.”

“I was a guest and enjoyed the class a great deal. I am not a diabetic … class was very informative.”

“Answered a lot of questions. May have more questions but for first time getting the information, a big help.”

The Diabetes and Nutrition Education center employs the latest in technology, with, for example, a dandy scale that not only reads your weight, but will calculate the body-fat ratio and body mass index. From that platform, an individualized plan is set for each patient and the journey to improved health and a longer life begins.

It doesn’t have to be grueling, with the staff ready to help in any way they can, providing individualized appointments with the dietitians and registered nurses, all certified diabetes educators. Appointments are handled in Cameron Park and in Placerville.

In addition to diabetic patients, the staff sees those with heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, kidney stones, weight problems, food allergies and those needing special diets.

Community outreach is important to the DNE program, and group classes are offered on a regular basis.

Coming up, Registered Dietitians Tamalisa Carlson and Amy Triplett will be presenting “Eat Well, Live Well” at Green Valley Church in Placerville on Oct. 22, part of Marshall’s Life Lines series. The topics include healthful lifestyle habits, foods that boost health, navigating food labels and claims, grocery shopping tips and healthy recipes.

Triplett also will present “Eat Well, Live Well as We Age” at the Marshall Community Health Library Nov. 12 as part of the Marshall Healthy Aging seminars made possible by a grant from Friends of El Dorado County.

Hartley reminds the public that November is national Diabetes Prevention Month and she urges all to take a simple test that may determine whether you are at risk for the killing disease.

The test can be found online at or call 1-800-DIABETES.

Don’t lose the battle of the bulge and set yourself up for years of fighting diabetes and other nutrition-related conditions. Call Marshall Medical Center’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education office and add some powerful weapons to your personal arsenal. The number is 530-672-7021.

Pat Lakey

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