Friday, July 31, 2015

‘Mrs. Pudding’ touts healthy living

Sue Schaefer, a diabetes nurse educator a.k.a. “Mrs. Pudding,” will be offering a free information session tomorrow night at La Place Rendez-Vous.
“Everyone who has seen her performance has rave reviews,” said Janet Drennan of the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre here.

She noted “Mrs. Pudding” has visited the region before and this time will be able to make a stop in Fort Frances.
“She offers up a light-hearted approach to learning about diabetes,” Drennan explained, adding Schaefer has Type 1 diabetes herself.
“And she wants to help people with diabetes address their fears, self-esteem issues, and other emotional matters,” Drennan said.
“She just really wants to help people find the positive reasons for taking care of themselves and the joy in that.”
Drennan said that in some of the articles she’s read, people sometimes are shamed into taking care of themselves by medical professions.
“She [Schaefer] wants to change it around so people are taking care of themselves because they value themselves,” she noted.
Drennan said anyone who has diabetes, or who has a family member who is diabetic or at risk for diabetes, is encouraged to attend.
Schaefer also will highlight healthy eating and active living.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting at 7.
Rainy River resident Justin Gaudry also will share his inspirational weight-loss story tomorrow night.
“It should be a really fun evening,” Drennan enthused, adding she hopes to see a good turnout.
“Mrs. Pudding” also will visit J.W. Walker School tomorrow, where she’ll speak to Grade 7 and 8 students from local schools about healthy eating and active living.
This event is sponsored by the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, Métis Nation of Ontario Health and Wellness, the Valley Diabetes Education Centre, and Riverside Health Care Clinical Nutrition.
For more information, call 274-4828 or visit

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