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Rotarians learn about diabetes and Patterson Library program

April 10, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Kim Greiner RD, CDN, a registered dietitian at Westfield Memorial Hospital, introduced a Diabetes Education Program to Westfield/Mayville Rotary members recently.

Having received recognition from the American Diabetic Association, the hospital now is well equipped to help those afflicted with diabetes. "We can help you get rid of it," she said. "We have excellent physicians here who want to make sure you're well."

First, Ms. Greiner, who was introduced by Rotarian and WMH associate Cindy Harper, said a blood test every year will find diabetes. If positive, help in managing it includes diet and exercise.

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Rotarian Tom Berkhouse welcomes Amy Stephenson, Youth Services librarian at Patterson since 1990, who talked about the Children’s Program at the Library. She also told about the library’s six-week summer program

Spotting Type 2 diabetes, Ms. Greiner said that 8.3 percent of the population are afflicted with it, 15,000 in Chautauqua County. In addition, seven million people have it but have never been diagnosed.

A registered dietician for 22 years, Ms. Greiner has been a certified diabetes educator for two years and has been with WMH as a registered dietitian since 2000. She obtained her degree at Bowling Green State University of Ohio and completed her internship through Gannon University. She and her husband and three children live in Bemus Point.

Anyone who would like to learn more or arrange a blood test should contact her at the hospital by calling 793-2222.

It was early March when Rotarian Tom Berkhouse introduced Amy Stephenson who talked about the "Children's Program at the library."

The Patterson Library in Westfield has been strongly supported by the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club. "We appreciate your group for many reasons," Ms. Stephenson said. A Youth Services librarian at Patterson since 1990, she noted that "children who read early - when they're young - do well later with all subjects in school."

Stephenson also talked about the library's six-week summer program what some years ago and "is still going strong." The greatest need for all programs is having updated books, she said, adding that Youth Services librarian at Patterson since 1990,

A graduate of Akron (Ohio) University with a Bachelor of Art in Family and Child Development with some post-grad work in Administration of Child Care Facilities, she also works part time for her husband, Grant Stephenson, the family doctor in Ripley. Having moved to this area in 1983 from Akron, children Luke and Lyra are students at Westfield Academy and Central School.



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