(EFFINGHAM, IL) – Choosing the right foods to eat during the holidays is important for everyone, but especially for people living with diabetes. HSHS St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, offers helpful tips for making healthy choices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 30.3 million people, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes, and nearly 25 percent are undiagnosed. Those affected by diabetes can take a proactive approach to the holidays when dealing with food. There are several ways to stay healthy during the holidays including:

  • Planning ahead – By planning ahead, people with diabetes will have the freedom to enjoy holiday meals stress free by knowing what will be eaten, how much will be eaten and what time the meal will occur.

  • Considering types of food – Include healthier versions of favorite dishes by utilizing fat-free or low fat options. Also consider how food is prepared and bake things instead of frying them. Make a conscious effort to balance your plate with plenty of fruits and veggies.

  • Watching amount of food consumed – If substituting a favorite dish is not an option, decrease the amount of food consumed by keeping a mental checklist of how much you're consuming. Keep healthy snacks available while cooking, and be selective of which foods will be eaten at dinner. Choose carefully between foods you definitely will eat, those you will sample and those you will skip.

“For some people, holidays are all about the treats,” says D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, executive vice president, provider education and engagement for Healogics. “For these people, consider bringing a healthy, homemade dessert.”
Mary Huffman, BSN, MSM, program director for HSHS St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center shared, “Overall, the holidays should be a fun time to enjoy friends and family.   We just encourage planning and compromising to help people stay healthy and manage their diabetes.”
For more information about diabetes and how to stay healthy during the holidays, contact HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Wound Healing Center at 217-347-3565.  You can also find out more about St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center by visiting the hospital’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org.
About HSHS St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center
The HSHS St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center has been caring for chronic wounds since January, 2010. The Center has been recognized as a Center of Excellence each year.  Through our advanced wound healing methods and our highly trained providers and clinicians, over 90 % of our patients have been healed annually. One of our treatments for specific conditions is our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  For more information please contact (217) 347-3565.

About Healogics, Inc.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s leading provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a nationwide network of Wound Care Centers® and cared for over 300,000 new patients in 2017 through an integrated network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based standards of care to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.

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