GRASS VALLEY, Calif. November 14, 2016 – The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is hosting a free Diabetes Symposium and Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. – noon at the hospital.

The drop-in event is designed for individuals living with diabetes, and will feature tools, tips, screenings and education to help individuals monitor and manage their disease.

A presentation will be held at 10 a.m. by local podiatrist Dr. Jeremy Cook who specializes in foot and ankle surgery, and recently took over the practice of Dr. Stephen Latter at Foothill Podiatry clinic. The presentation addresses the risk of diabetic foot injury, which is particularly important for diabetics.

According to Dr. Cook, poor circulation in the legs and feet and high blood sugar combine to slow the body’s healing mechanisms. Peripheral neuropathy (also known as nerve damage), a common side effect of diabetes, can cause numbness in the feet, leaving a person unaware they are injured.

A foot health check with local podiatrists is available during the event by appointment, and must be made in advance by calling 530.272.8619.

At 11 a.m., participants will learn tips on nutrition in a presentation by Janet Moore, RD. Nutrition Education for Diabetic Management will be provided along with samples and recipes.

Other participating organizations at the Health Fair will include: SNMH Community Wellness Programs, hyperbaric oxygen treatment specialists from the SNMH Wound Center, local prosthetics and orthotics companies, nutritionists and fitness clubs.

The symposium and health fair will be held in the Outpatient Center Conference Rooms at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center, Building 3, Floor 1. To RSVP, contact (530) 272-8619.