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For release: May 9, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.848.6206,

Local classes provide help with diabetes, weight loss
Lodi Community Hospital offers hands-on help for managing blood sugar

Want to know what to eat to manage your blood sugar? Lodi Community Hospital wants to spend an evening teaching you! Learning quick and easy ways to control your blood sugar is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer, healthier life. Sugar School is a fun, interactive class focusing on what to eat, how to eat and the best times to check blood sugar levels. The two-hour class will be held on May 15, and again on August 21, from 7-9 p.m. at Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria Street, Lodi. Sugar School provides invaluable health education at only $20 per person or $30 per couple. Each class is complete in itself; you only need to attend one class. A physician's referral is not needed, and insurance will not be billed. Reservations are required. Reserve your seat by calling 330-948-5546.

In addition, Lodi Community Hospital is partnering with Lodi's Miller’s Market grocery store to provide free tours designed to make shopping for food and meal planning easier. Join Robin Waltenberger, Lodi Community Hospital’s registered dietitian, for a one-hour Good Health in Store: Supermarket Tours for Diabetes at Miller Brothers Grocery, 711 Wooster St., Lodi, on May 29, and again on August 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to learn how to simplify shopping and still enjoy eating. The tour provides hands-on experience with reading labels, determining portion sizes, deciding which foods are best (you may be surprised!), what to avoid, and when you can "bend the rules." The tour is open to everyone whether or not you have diabetes – the information is also helpful for weight loss, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or if you have high cholesterol, blood press or triglycerides! The tour is free, but you must call 330-948-5546 to reserve your place. Each tourist will receive a shopping guide, so don’t forget your glasses and a pen!

About Lodi Community Hospital
Lodi Community Hospital, one of three hospitals in the Akron General Health System, has proudly provided community based healthcare to people of southwest Medina County and portions of Lorain, Ashland and Wayne Counties since 1920. Lodi Community Hospital is a designated 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of services: acute and skilled care; a full range of outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and physical therapy services; occupational health care; outpatient and general, minimally invasive surgery; radiology services; and a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room. For seven consecutive years, the hospital has won the prestigious Press Ganey Summit Award for excellence in patient satisfaction. For more information, visit and

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