May 30, 2013

Support groups to meet June 4


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – On June 4, Maury Regional Medical Center will host two meetings aimed at helping community members learn about the prevention, care and management of two life-threatening diseases.

The Diabetes Education Group will meet at 11:30 a.m. in Private Dining Room One on the medical center’s ground floor. Maury Regional Emergency Services Community Outreach Coordinator Doug Rutherford will discuss the effect of weather on blood glucose control.

“Diabetes is one of the most prevalent, yet preventable diseases in Middle Tennessee. Learning about and practicing healthy living habits greatly decreases your risk for diabetes and diabetes related complications,” said diabetes educator and support group coordinator Donna Shedd, RN. “We invite anyone interested in learning more about how to stay healthy during the summer months to join us on June 4th.”

The Diabetes Education Group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available by calling 931.380.4324.

Lungs for Life, the COPD support group, will meet June 4 at 2 p.m. in Private Dining Room One. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, refers to a group of diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions associated with COPD. At this meeting, Karen Miller, RN and Jacqueline Hill, EP will discuss the early signs and symptoms of heart disease and the correlation of COPD to heart disease. Lungs for Life meets quarterly on the first Tuesdays of March, June, September and December. For more information, call 931.380.4094.

There is no charge to attend these meetings which are open to the public. For more information about these and other support groups and community events hosted by MRMC, visit