Ozarks Medical Center Support Groups
In our effort to promote community wellness, we sponsor and co-sponsor
a wide range of FREE support groups. Support groups provide an opportunity
or persons with health-related problems to express their feelings and
talk with others in similar circumstances. Our facilitators also invite
speakers who provide knowledgeable, up-to-date advice and counsel to assist
individuals and families who are experiencing these diseases or problems.
We believe that emotional and physical well-being go hand-in-hand.
Living with Diabetes
Living with Diabetes provides education to individuals with diabetes and
caregivers of diabetics. OMC was awarded American Diabetes Association
Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education
program in 2014 for a four-year period. In order to earn Education Recognition,
a program must meet national standards and guidelines, including having
a staff of knowledgeable health professionals to provide comprehensive
information about diabetes management. OMC’s Living with Diabetes
program is open to anyone wanting to learn about diabetes management.
It is held the third Monday of each month from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The cost of the program is $25 and lunch is included. Living with Diabetes
includes presentations by a registered nurse, dietician, physical therapist
and pharmacist. During the class, participants learn about the possible
health complications associated with diabetes, receive education on the
importance of nutrition in managing diabetes, plan an individualized exercise
program; learn how diabetes medicine works to decrease blood glucose levels,
identify emotional and economic sources of support and information, and
learn about the importance of self monitoring. According to the ADA, there
are 25.8 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population in the United
States who have diabetes; including 7 million who are unaware they have
the disease. Approximately 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed
in people ages 20 years or older in 2010. Diabetes contributed to 231,404
deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice
that of people of similar age but without the disease. For more information
or to enroll in the Living with Diabetes program, contact OMC Education
Services at 417-257-6793.
Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
Third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Shaw Medical Building.
For more information, call Dianna Sigert at 417-256-9111.
Look Good, Feel Better
Through the Look Good...Feel Better Program, caring professionals in the
beauty industry teach women how to overcome the appearance-related side
effects of cancer treatment. Session includes complimentary makeup from
cosmetic companies. For more information or to rsvp, contact the American
Cancer Society at 417-447-1475.