Meetup Group Event Schedule

Head over to our Hawthorne Diabetes Group Meetup page to RSVP for our monthly gatherings. Our Meetups are held at the cozy Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church located on 2828 SE Stephens St. Portland, OR 97214. Everyone is welcome!

We look forward to seeing you there!

(Scroll down to see upcoming and past events)



Thursday, May 11th 7-8:30pm

Breaking Free from Diabetic Pain

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Does pain limit your movement?

How does this impact your life?

This month, we welcome Jonathan Blatt, MD, anesthesiologist for a discussion on diabetic foot pain, joint pain, and more. Dr. Blatt will offer guidelines to reduce pain through food, sleep/ lifestyle, movement, and medication.

Dr. Blatt is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management with 25 years’ experience.

He has an overall holistic approach to acute and chronic pain management.

$10 donation requested. No one will be turned away.

Learn more and RSVP at:




Thursday, April 20th 7-8:30pm

Physical Activity for Better Blood Sugars

Physical Activity for Better Blood Sugars: Practical steps to move safely

The weather is improving, which means more opportunities to get outside and get moving. We will explore basic stretches to do before you get out of bed, how to use the “log roll technique,” the importance of checking your feet daily, as well as tips and motivation tools for exercise.

Join us as we welcome Hannah Schonau Taylor, physical therapist, as we explore realistic ways to add movement into your busy life.

Special guest Michael Fulop, Psy.D.

Special guest Michael Fulop, Psy.D.

Thursday, March 16th

"I'd take better care of my diabetes if..."

Please join us in welcoming Mike Fulop, clinical psychologist, for a discussion on what holds us back from being fully engaged in our diabetes care. Taking a strength-oriented approach, Mike will offer tools to overcome self-limiting actions using awareness, motivation, and confidence.

Mike Fulop provides services to children, adolescents, and families with diabetes in the Portland area. He has trained physicians and many other health care providers on how to communicate with people about living with their diabetes. Mike has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1982.

Thursday, February 16th, 7-8:30pm

Your Heart's Highs and Lows: Balancing blood pressure & blood sugars

How’s your blood pressure?

What happens when someone has both hypertension and diabetes?

High blood pressure is the most common chronic condition in the US. In addition, blood sugar and blood pressure are closely linked. Since both are usually silent and can’t be felt, it is important to take regular action to keep your heart healthy.

Balancing blood pressure & blood sugars

Join us for this gathering as we explore ways to lower blood pressure to protect your heart using foods, movement, stress, self-compassion and more.

Handout links:     High Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar



Practical Supplements for Healthy Blood Sugars

Thursday, January 19th 7-8:30pm

Nutritional supplements can be an important tool in diabetes management. Dr. Heidi Peterson will present the top 10 cost-effective supplements that improve blood sugar levels. In addition, she will discuss using supplements to minimize diabetes-related damage to the heart, kidneys, nerves, and other systems.

Join us!

Dr. Peterson has been in practice for over 16 years. She has a master’s degree in biochemistry and is a faculty member at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). As a naturopathic primary care physician and natural medicine specialist, she considers patient education a central part of her practice.

Handout link: Supplements for Diabetes Care


Thursday, November 17th 7-8:30pm

Building a Healthy Relationship with your Doctor Around Diabetes

How can you build a strong partnership with you doctor?

How can you make the most out of your doctor visits?

Join us as we welcome Dr. Elizabeth Stephens, MD for our November gathering. We will explore ways you and your doctor can work together as a team in your diabetes care.

Handout links:  10 Steps to Improve your Relationship with your Doctor

                           12 Questions to ask your Doctor about Diabetes

Thursday, October 20th 7-8:30pm

Meal Time Tools & Techniques: How to maximize kitchen equipment to simplify meal preparation

If cooking were easier, would you make your own meals more often?

Come explore ideas for doing more prep with less time, effort and money.

We will outline 5 essential tools and 10 simple steps to streamline your time in the kitchen.

Handout link:    15 Tools to Make Meal Preparation More Manageable

Thursday, September 15th @ 7-8:30pm

Preventing Diabetes & its Complications

Preventing Diabetes

Are you at risk?

Pre-diabetes doesn’t mean that diabetes is inevitable.

What steps can you take now to keep you blood sugars in a healthy range?

If you have diabetes, what can you do to prevent or minimize complications?

Join us for this gathering to talk about what you can do to stay healthy and vibrant, even with the presence of diabetes.

Thursday, August 11th 7-8:30pm

Thirst Quenchers & Blood Sugars

“Summer drinks that support healthy blood sugars"

Healthy blood sugars

Drinking water is like taking a shower under your skin: water literally washes you on the inside.

In addition to water, there are other great ways to stay hydrated during the heat of summer!  Some beverages lower blood sugars and some raise them. Do you know which do what?

Come to the August Hawthorne Diabetes Group to sample a variety of diabetes-friendly drinks and take home recipes for the ones you like.

Handout link:   Thirst Quenchers & Blood Sugars

Thursday, July 17th 7-8:30pm

Want to Live Well to 100?

“How to add more life to your years, not just years to your life”

Live well to 100

What is the maximum human lifespan? What keeps us from getting there? What are the qualities of people who live long, happy, and healthy lives?

Healthy blood sugars is one part of living well into old age. The recommendations for diabetes strengthen the steps to keep you healthy for decades to come. Come explore what lasting health is all about. $10 donation requested. No one will be turned away. 

Thursday, June 16th 7-8:30pm

Sleep & Stress: How Hormones Help or Hinder Health

Larissa Ienna, FNP, CDE, will join us for a discussion on making sense of how sleep and stress affect blood sugars and overall health.

Larissa Lenna, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, guides individuals and families to manage their health concerns. She provides personalized care and medication management along with lifestyle and behavioral changes. She has a special interest in reducing the impact that stress has on diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other health problems.

Handout link:    Sleep & Stress: How Hormones Help or Hinder Health

Thursday, May 12th 7pm - 8:30pm

5 Steps to Repair the Gut & Improve Blood Sugar Metabolism

Dr. Horacek will join us to discuss how healthy microbes can improve your blood sugars. The microbiome in your body can play a major role in managing your diabetes.

What can you do to encourage healthy bacteria and decrease the risk of diabetes complications? Come to this month's event to learn more!

Jeff Horacek, MD has been an internal medicine physician in Portland for over 20 years. He is active in Mindful Medicine PDX and Living Yoga.

Handout link:  The Microbiome & Diabetes: Repairing the Gut and Improving Blood Sugar Metabolism

Thursday, April 21th 7pm - 8:30pm

Oriental Medicine for Diabetes

Join us for special guest Julie M. Goss L.Ac., MAc.OM., owner of Ageless-Acupuncture, LLC. She is a licensed acupuncturist and specialist in diabetes care, with a Master’s thesis in treating peripheral neuropathy using Oriental Medicine. Originally from New England, Julie worked at Duke University Medical Center’s Cardiac Transplant Department and the Center for Human Genetics.

Julie is fully trained in Oriental Medicine, including Chinese herbs and food therapies for diabetes. She developed a series of recipes which are outstanding for glucose regulation.

The practice of using acupuncture needles and Chinese herbs for treating diabetes has been developed and refined over centuries.

Learn how these ancient methods address diabetes in relationship to whole body health. Explore ways that you might benefit from Oriental medicine!

Handout link:   Oriental Medicine for Diabetes

Thursday, March 17th 7pm - 8:30pm

"Get Growing"

People with diabetes who raise a garden have 20% fewer health complications across the board. But growing food can feel overwhelming. Where do you start?

During this gathering, we will explore growing your own veggies. No ground necessary – all you need is a pot and sunshine! There will be something for all levels of gardening skills. Which herbs and veggies improve your blood sugar?

Let’s get outside and talk to worms between blood sugar checks!

Handout links:   Grow Your Own Vegetables Anywhere - Container Gardening

                           Container Gardening Plant Varieties