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    Learn about Diabetes and How to Manage It at World Diabetes Day

    Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Medtronic sponsor free screenings and lectures

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Lisa Amador

    Santa Rosa, CA, November 7, 2013--Free health screenings, lectures and seminars about diabetes and how to manage it will take place on World Diabetes Day, Thursday. Nov. 14, 2013 at various locations. The event is sponsored by Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (SPMF), part of the Sutter Health network, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company and leader in diabetes care, and Medtronic, a company that develops medical device technology and therapies to treat chronic disease.

    “This is a good opportunity for people to learn more about a disease that can often be controlled with lifestyles changes that emphasize healthy eating and physical activity,’’ said Pooja Sherchan, M.D., an SPMF physician specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

    An estimated 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and an estimated 79 million people are pre-diabetic.
    Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

    The different events taking place include:

    • Free glucose and blood pressure screenings will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Sutter Health West Bay Plaza, 3383 West Bay Drive in Santa Rosa. The screenings will be done with Dana Kettmann, a registered and certified diabetes educator with SPMF, and SPMF nurses.
    • An inspirational lecture by Jay Hewitt, a former Olympic triathlete who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was in law school, will start at 12:30 p.m. at Medtronic’s Brickway campus, 3850 Brickway Blvd. in Santa Rosa.
    An evening of expert advice, food, wine and fun will be held the same day, Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Carsten Cabaret at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa. The events include:
    • Session 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Jay Hewitt, former Olympic triathlete, and SPMF Nurse Practitioner Sarah Sanabria share their knowledge about the role of exercise, fitness and food in a diabetic’s life.
    • Session 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., experts from SPMF share their insight on the disease, its prevention and how diabetes can be managed. Steven L. Wolf, M.D., an SPMF family physician, will make a special presentation on how canine companions are used in helping people manage diabetes. Other panelists include Pooja Sherchan, M.D., an SPMF specialist in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; Joyce Giammattei and Dana Kettmann, both registered dieticians with SPMF; Sarah Sanabria, an SPMF nurse and Jay Hewitt, former Olympic triathlete.
    All events are free, but attendees must register online at and bring a printed confirmation. Space is limited.

    About Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

    Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation is a group of 240+ doctors who offer primary, specialty and complex medical care. Our physicians in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Lake and Del Norte counties combine the latest in medical technology with personalized care. As part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, Sutter Pacific doctors are affiliated with some of the most respected hospitals in the region and provide care in local communities. For more information or to find a doctor near you, visit or call 1-888-699-DOCS (3627).