Brevard Physicians Network Hosts Monthly Diabetes Academy

By  //  June 7, 2013

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ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard Physicians Network  is an Independent Practice Association consisting of approximately 300 physicians representing all medical and geographical coverage in Brevard County, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Physicians Network hosted a free healthy luncheon to educate the community on how to eat healthy, enjoy their food and avoid diabetes.

Roland Rouse
Roland Rouse

Seniors came from all across Brevard including Titusville’s Roland Rouse due to his interest in the healthy cooking.

“I received an invitation card from BPN, and I thought it looked fun and helpful, so here I am,” said Rouse.

“I am a little overweight and I used to have diabetes, so I’m trying to keep my weight down. I don’t want to have to go back into that (diabetes) lifestyle. I dance and exercise to stay active and this food demo will be a good help.”


Brevard Phyisicans Network hosts a monthly Diabetes Academy at One Senior Place in Viera for local seniors from the community to learn about staying healthy.

Cindy Hambidge
Cindy Hambidge

“When we heard that we could get this terrific celebrity chef to Brevard to discuss diabetes, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Cindy Hambidge, Administrator with Brevard Physicians Network.”

“I knew we could get a great turnout and we are thrilled that we have 225 locals here to enjoy this great event, which will help them avoid diabetes and stay healthy.”


Novo Nordisk, a leading diabetes care company, sponsored the luncheon and brought an impressive team of diabetes educators.

“I knew we could get a great turnout and we are thrilled that we have 225 locals here to enjoy this great event, which will help them avoid diabetes and stay healthy.”

Chef Dana Herbert
Chef Dana Herbert

“We are very pleased to be able to come to Brevard with our Novo Nordisk team, including Chef Dana Herbert, to help people learn more about diabetes and lead healthier lives,” said Lloyd J.Orlando, Sr. Diabetes Educator Manager with Novo Nordisk. “People will love the healthy food too.”

Held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Viera, the event consisted of a presentation on how to avoid diabetes and then a fun cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Dana Herbert.


Chef Herbert graduated from the University of Delaware for Restaurant Management and also from the prestigious Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Pastry Arts.

Novo Nordisk Team members Amy Cales and Michelle Gadient
Novo Nordisk team members Amy Cales, left, and Michelle Gadient. (Space Coast Medicine & Healthy Living image)

“I became involved with Novo Nordisk after winning a show on TLC (The Learning Channel) called The Next Great Baker and one called The Cake Boss,” said Herbert.

“I now teach people how to eat healthy but from a foodie standpoint. I want to help people feel that they can manage their lives better by eating healthy but enjoying their food at the same time.”

The chef demonstrated some tips on how to manage diabetes through a fun diet.

“Winning The Cake Boss elevated my career to a higher level and has given me this platform, where I can help to inspire people to be healthier and happier. This has been a real blessing.”

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CLICK HERE for more information about Brevard Physicians Network and Brevard’s Accountable Care Organization, MPAC.