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Hurley receives $25,000 for diabetes education

FLINT — Hurley Medical Center has received a $25,000 grant from the March of Dimes to expand its Diabetes During Pregnancy Program — the only one of its kind in the area.

Through the program, women receive individualized, one-on-one assistance from both a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian who are certified in diabetes education.

Patients learn how to monitor their blood glucose levels at home, how to inject insulin, and how to eat to control their diabetes and prevent the development of permanent diabetes later in life. They are also taught the importance of planning future pregnancies by making sure their blood glucose levels are in good control, prior to conception to decrease the likelihood of birth defects in unborn babies.

Demand for diabetes education among expectant mothers has doubled Hurley’s patient volume for the program.

“This grant will provide additional staffing to decrease the waiting period for the program, and enable Hurley to serve more women,” said Renay Gagleard, MSN, MHSA, RNBC, Women and Children’s Service Line Administrator at Hurley Medical Center.— G.G.

Free “Writing a Business Plan” Workshop

FLINT — “Writing a Business Plan” workshop will be presented by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MISBTDC) I-69 Trade Corridor regional office at Kettering University in Flint, on June 18, 1-4 p.m.

For early stage or startup businesses, the pre-requisite to this course is attending the “Starting a Business” workshop. After attending “Starting a Business” it generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete the preparation needed to be ready for the “Writing a Business Plan” workshop. These and other “Venture Start” workshops are offered at multiple locations and dates around the region and the state.

The business plan workshop covers the specifics of business planning including market research, marketing, finance, legal, operations, and management. Tools, steps, and a workbook for creating a business plan draft are included.

There is no fee for this workshop but separate registration for each individual attending is required and can be made online at: https:// workshop. aspx? ekey= 60330042 Details: Call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

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