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Mar5
Date:
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Time:
All Day
Location:
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center's newly opened 6,165 square-foot Center for Health and Wellness, located on the first floor of the hospital's Medical Office Building, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.

Free Diabetes Seminar Featuring Former NFL Player

On March 5 at 2 p.m., Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center will host a free diabetes seminar featuring former NFL player Kendall Simmons at the hospital’s new Center for Health and Wellness.

Simmons played in the NFL for nearly ten years after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the 30th overall pick in 2002. Following his first season, Simmons was selected as the team’s rookie of the year.

Shortly before his second season began in 2003, Simmons was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was not sure if he would be able to continue his football career. Remarkably, with the help of team doctors and a strong support network, Simmons returned to the field that same year.

As he learned to manage his diabetes, he regained his strength and flourished on the football field. In 2005, he started all 16 regular season games and all four playoff games with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks.

Today, he has partnered with Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company dedicated to diabetes care, to raise awareness of the importance of properly managing blood glucose levels and to demonstrate that diabetes can be successfully integrated into your life and ambitions.

Now retired from the NFL, Simmons is still very active in the diabetes community. He has spoken to children and adults with type 1 diabetes across the country to let them know that the disease can be managed. Simmons hopes that his story can be an inspiration to children and others with diabetes.

In February, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center opened a 6,165 square-foot Center for Health and Wellness, located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building, 305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach.

Going beyond hospital-based care for those who are sick, the new center focuses on whole-person care for the entire community and includes cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education, as well as outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy.

Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are required. To learn more about the grand opening or to RSVP, call (386) 231-2229.

About Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a nonprofit health-care organization committed to hope, health and healing. A recipient of the 2012 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a national leader in patient experience. Our locations include Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, an outpatient facility in Port Orange, and an imaging center in Ormond Beach. Additionally, Florida Hospital Oceanside is home to the area’s only inpatient rehabilitation facility with CARF accreditation for stroke care. With more than 1,800 employees and employed physicians, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is a member of Adventist Health System which operates 45 hospital campuses within 10 states. For more information, call (386) 231-6000 or visit www.floridahospitalmemorial.org.