Kathy Schwab
Kathy Schwab
MOUNT ANGEL – The featured speaker at the 18th annual Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, will be Kathy Schwab, registered dietician and Oregon region manager for the Providence Health and Services Diabetes Program.

Schwab, a niece of the late Benedictine Sister Marilyn Schwab, will address the timely topic of "You Are What You Eat: Using Food (and Lifestyle) Choices to Prevent and Manage Diabetes."

The free lecture will take place in the Benedictine Sisters' Hospitality Center at 840 S. Main Street here. Shalom Prayer Center and the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation are sponsors.

One in three American adults are affected by diabetes and many more are affected by pre-diabetes. Schwab says that, when it comes to diabetes and pre-diabetes, the key to better health is in our hands. The many small choices we all make each day about what we eat, how much we move, and how we cope with stress directly impacts our health and vitality.

"When it comes to preventing and managing diabetes, each of us has much more control over our health than our doctor does," Schwab says.
She says people do need good information. There are conflicting reports. Schwab will make sense of it all, for example addressing whether "carbs" are good or bad, and what their role is.  

Schwab has a master’s degree in public health education and health promotion, and has been with the Providence Health System for nine years.

The Annual Schwab Memorial Lecture highlights Sister Marilyn's legacy of innovation and inspiration in health care. Under her leadership, the Benedictine Nursing Center (which became part of the Providence Health System in 1998) was recognized as a national leader in progressive care for the elderly and chronically ill.

Sister Marilyn also served as Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel. She died in 1984 at the age of 47 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Her journal, which details the last year of her life, was published following her death and will be available at the lecture.