Murray State College OTA students to assist with annual living with diabetes event


Students in the Murray State College Occupational Therapist Assistant program will help host an event on campus to educate participants in healthy living with and management of diabetes.  The event is free of charge and will be held April 8, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MSC Paul J. Parks Student Center in Tishomingo.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jon Hart from the University of Oklahoma.  Dr. Hart, formerly with OU’s Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, currently serves as a member of the OU children’s pediatric nephrology team.  Hart focuses on constructive management in quality-of-life impairments that often accompany diabetes.

A continental breakfast will be served along with a lite lunch at no charge.  To assist with ordering of food, please register as soon as possible by calling Sharyne Pitmon in the Johnston County OSU Extension Office at 580-371-9533.

Topics presented and information available will include healthy cooking, understanding nutritional needs, fitness, community resources, healthcare, and new ways to manage individual health issues.  This year’s conference, for the first time, will feature a program for children ages six to 14 who are impacted by diabetes.  MSC students will lead the children’s program through games and exploration of topics including snacking and socialization.

In addition to Murray State College, the event is presented by Gold Sponsor the Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma with assistance from Johnston County OSU Extension.  The event will feature vendor information booths and door prizes.

For additional information, contact Kim Hancock, COTA/L at MSC, 580-387-7443.  

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