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Grant enables Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center to do diabetes screenings


Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center has received a $198,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to educate and help low-income adults in Forsyth County manage and prevent diabetes.

Over three years, the hospital will enroll 300 adults, newly-diagnosed with diabetes or with uncontrolled diabetes, in its diabetes self-management program, which is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting national excellence standards. The hospital will also enroll 200 adults with pre-diabetes in an educational prevention program.

Participants with diabetes will learn to better manage the disease by changing personal lifestyle behaviors such as diet and exercise. Their lifestyle habits will be tracked and participants will be screened during the program to assess changes in overall blood glucose-levels and weight.

The goal for the pre-diabetes group is to decrease their risk of developing the disease. They will learn prevention methods and will have their weight and blood glucose-levels tested as well.

Women's International Health Summit a success


Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center does many things to improve the health of women and girls – both in the Winston-Salem area and beyond the borders of our state and nation.

Here's an example:

In September 2012, the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center at Forsyth Medical Center held a three-day international summit focusing on contemporary issues affecting women's and girls' health.

Open to the public, the summit brought together internationally recognized advocates for women's health to discuss a broad range of topics ranging from barriers and disparities in women's healthcare, to violence against women, to empowering women and girls to lead.

Speakers included experts in the fields of healthcare design, health sciences, health policy, law, social policy, education, and sociology as well as leaders of several international organizations with missions to improve women's health. Co-sponsors include the National Council of Women of the United States, WomenNC, and Winston-Salem Urban League.