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Donna Dodge is a dietician at White Mountain Community Health Center in Conway. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONWAY — Dietitian Donna Dodge will present a free nutrition workshop for people with diabetes at White Mountain Community Health Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4-5 p.m., in honor of National Diabetes Month.

The workshop will be geared towards diabetics who are struggling to lose weight, having trouble controlling their blood sugar or who want to reduce the amount of medications they are taking.

Dodge will share strategies designed to virtually reverse diabetes.

The workshop will teach participants to bring their blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure down to healthier levels.

“People are often surprised to learn that fat isn’t bad, that they can eat fatty foods, especially if they’re diabetic,” Donna explained. “Butter, whole milk, sour cream, eggs, these things are great for diabetics, because of their effect on insulin. They help lower blood sugar.”

Dodge will discuss this and other common nutrition myths that can make it hard for diabetics to manage their disease effectively.

This event is open to the community, but health center patients have priority in registration.

Enrollment is limited to 10 people. Call the health center at (603) 447-8900 to reserve a spot.

Patients are also able to meet with Dodge directly to discuss dietary strategies to manage their diabetes and for other health concerns.

At counseling sessions, patients discuss their dietary health with Dodge, and she provides education and ideas to help create a plan to meet their nutritional goals.

Nutrition counseling is sometimes covered by insurance, including New Hampshire Medicaid for pregnancy and children.

Patients who make less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level can qualify for the sliding fee scale, which can be used to reduce the cost of dietitian visits to as little as $10.

Health center patients who feel they would benefit from nutrition counseling but cannot afford the visits should talk to their provider.

White Mountain Community Health Center is located on Route 16 just north of Conway Village. For directions and more information, go to whitemountainhealth.org or call (603) 447-8900.

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