Health Partner Pathways

September Issue

Your Monthly Health Partner Wellness Program Newsletter

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Featured Condition: Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition classified by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Diabetes can be diagnosed by measuring blood glucose most commonly in these two ways:

  • A hemoglobin A1C value at or exceeding 6.5%
  • Fasting plasma glucose of 126 mg/dl or greater

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, it's important to follow your doctor's recommendations. In addition to compliance with your physician and taking your prescribed medications, consider these helpful tips and guidelines:

  • Choose non-starchy vegetables
  • Choose fruits that have low sugars or low glycemic index
  • Eat green leafy vegetables
  • Eat whole fruits (NOT fruit juice)
  • Exercise at least 150 minutes per week, with an additional 2 days of strength training (click here for more information on how exercise helps control diabetes)

Click the below link for resources on healthy eating and activity for those with diabetes.

Food & Fitness

American Diabetes Association Resource

Coach's Corner

Fall in Love with Autumn Produce

As summer comes to an end we say goodbye to the watermelons, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, and berries that overflowed our market stands. While summer produce can be a show-stealer, let’s not forget about the great fruits and vegetables that make their way into our homes during the amazing season of Fall. I don’t know about you, but when the mornings become crisp and I hear the crunch of leaves under my feet, I high-tail it to the mountains to pick my favorite varieties of apples. In South Carolina, you can’t help but fall in love with the fruits and vegetables of the autumn months. In the upcoming season, you can look forward to:

  • Apples
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Butternut Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Acorn Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • And much, more, more!

Use some of these vegetables to add substance and nutrition to your favorite vegetable soup, or make homemade apple sauce with fresh mountain-picked apples. The choices are endless! Strive to make half of each meal a combination of fruits and vegetables.

Farm to Table Dinner

Greenville Health System's Health Partner Wellness Program (HPWP) team invites you to enjoy a seasonal, sustainable dinner at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Join us for a light, delicious meal that will incorporate locally grown fare from our own backyard, while learning about resources to help you add whole foods and healthy habits into your daily lifestyle. As you partake in this fresh-from-the-farm meal, you will know that you are supporting the local community while engaging your fellow GHS and HPWP friends.


• Seasonal salad

• Tomato gazpacho soup (chilled)

• Homemade stecca bread

• Fruit assortment

When: Thurs., Sep. 18th or Sep. 25th

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery

Cost: $7/person

To RSVP, contact Katie Farley at or (864) 522-3119, denoting which date you would like to attend. Please mail or interoffice mail a check or money order for the $7 meal cost (sorry, no other forms of payment accepted) to 33 Villa Road, Suite 420, Greenville, SC 29615.

Received a call from a Health Coach, now what?

So your health coach has contacted you? What happens next? Prior to your first consultation, your coach will review your medical record, assess your condition(s), and determine how often you will meet. Coaching is designed to assist you with goal setting, accountability, and support. Depending on your risk, you may receive resources or meet with your coach throughout the year.