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Natividad Diabetes Education Center Helps Increase Awareness For World Diabetes Day November 14th

Save the Date For “A Day in the Life of Diabetes”

SALINAS, CA --The Diabetes Education Center (DEC) at Natividad Medical Center will celebrate World Diabetes Day November 14th themed this year as “A Day in the Life of Diabetes.”

Save the Date of November 14th:
  • There will be an information booth inside of the main lobby of building 200-Out Patient Services where anyone can come and pick up diabetes information.
  • November 14th
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • NOTE:  There will be no testing on this date
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.  Services are provided by diabetes educators.
The Facts on Diabetes:
Monterey County Adults:
  • 9.7%  with diabetes (compare:  8.4% for CA)
  • 10.1% adults with borderline or pre-diabetes
  •  (source:  CA Health Interview Survey—UCLA, 2011-2012 data)
  • At Natividad Medical Center:
  • Approximately 25% of our inpatients at any given time have diabetes.
  • Approximately 12 – 15% of the women hospitalized to deliver babies have gestational diabetes.
The Diabetes Education Center at Natividad Medical Center
  • 318 patients seen for the period of 7/1/12 – 6/30/13
  • Quality: Have seen a decrease of 8.6% in Hemoglobin A1C for patients who completed our program
  • Outreach activities: participated in more than 25 community events and reached over 1,200 people 1/1/13 – 10/20/13
  • Prevention: Recognizing the need to focus on the prevention of diabetes in the at-risk population the hospital serves, the Natividad Medical Foundation sought and received in the summer of 2012 a generous “Impact” grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s  Dr. George & Sam Kih Thorngate Family Fund and Dr. Frank Pye Smith Medical Facilities Fund.  The grant funded a community-based series of classes, “5 Steps to Prevent Diabetes/5 Pasos para Prevenir la Diabetes”. The classes were  held at sites  throughout Monterey County  from October, 2012  through September, 2013   and reached 175 participants with evidence-based, practical, diabetes prevention education , with an emphasis on nutrition and physical activity.  With the  "5 Steps"  program yielding statistically significant results in the areas of increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and increased physical activity among its participants,  the Community Foundation recently awarded Natividad Medical Foundation  a second year of funding to continue this important prevention project.  
About Natividad Medical Center
Based in Salinas, Calif., Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed, acute-care hospital providing health-care services to the Monterey County residents for more than 127 years. Owned and operated by the county, NMC offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. NMC provides more than 34,000 patient days each year and more than 47,000 emergency department visits per year. NMC is ranked No. 1 in newborn deliveries in Monterey County. It is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast, through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco. With a medical staff of more than 228 physicians, Natividad’s mission is to continually monitor and improve the health of the people, including the vulnerable, in Monterey County through coordinated, affordable, high quality health care.  For more information, please call 831-755-4111or visit
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