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NIHD Healthy Lifestyle Talk looks at healthy living with diabetes

NIHD Healthy Lifestyle Talk looks at healthy living with diabetes

Join Northern Inyo Healthcare District for its December Healthy Lifestyle Talk on Tuesday, December 5, 5:30 p.m., live on YouTube and Zoom. This month’s topic is “Understanding Diabetes: A three-pronged approach to healthy living with Type 2 Diabetes.”

Diabetes is a nationwide epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 38.4 million people, or 11.6 percent of U.S. population, have diabetes. Of that 38 million, 29 million people are diagnosed, but 8 million are not. Diabetes has higher prevalence among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic Black men and women, as well as Hispanic men and women. It also has higher prevalence in nonmetropolitan areas.

NIHD’s team of Family Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Haun, Registered Dietitian Kalina Gardiner, and Physical Therapist Joanne Henze will present short talks on how to manage diabetes effectively with a three-pronged approach from medicine, nutrition, and movement. Meet our speakers:

Elizabeth Haun, FNP-BC, is one of NIHD’s Advanced Practice Providers working alongside the Rural Health Clinic team. Elizabeth’s goal as a Family Nurse Practitioner is to provide equitable healthcare services to our community and work toward establishing a comprehensive self-education Diabetes Education program. Elizabeth earned her Registered Nursing degree from Hartnell College in Salinas, and her FNP certification from West Coast University

Kalina Gardiner, RDN, provides nutritional care for NIHD’s in-patient and outpatient communities. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and her supervised practice through University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kalina believes in a “non-diet” approach, and instead opts for creating sustainable lifestyle habits. She helps guide patients in making healthier, informed decisions about their health and well-being.

Joanne Henze, PT, MPT, GCS, PCS, graduated with honors from the University of Miami and Emory University. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in both Geriatric Physical Therapy and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She has extensive experience working with children and adults of all ages and abilities, and strives to help her patients reach their physical rehabilitation goals and to maximize their quality of life. Joanne currently serves as NIHD’s Director of Rehabilitation Services.

This educational presentation is part of NIHD’s ongoing Healthy Lifestyle Talk Series. NIHD holds these talks monthly, and they are free of charge and open to public.

The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NIHD's YouTube channel and presented live on Zoom. For connection information, please visit our website’s home page at and see the blue banner at the top.