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HopeHealth Dietician named top educator in the state

FLORENCE, S.C. (March 20, 2019) – Anita Longan was named Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year at the 17th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium in Myrtle Beach on March 8. Longan is a registered dietitian nutritionist and diabetes educator at the Diabetes & Nutrition Institute at the HopeHealth Medical Plaza, Florence.

The award is presented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control each year to recognize excellence in diabetes education and service to the diabetes community.

“Her achievements and dedication to helping people with diabetes in South Carolina make her a very deserving recipient of this award,” said Kitty Finklea, also a certified dietitian nutritionist at the Diabetes & Nutrition Institute. “She has a passion and dedication for helping people achieve their health goals and regularly goes above and beyond a traditional work environment to help others. She brings a friendly and relatable approach to nutrition and lifestyle counseling, offering insight to people from all walks of life.”

Longan has more than 25 years experience in nutrition counseling and diabetes education. She helps individuals and groups learn how to balance physical activity and diet, to manage their overall health. She teaches all aspects of diabetes education and specializes in teaching advanced carbohydrate counting to those managing diabetes with insulin pumps or multiple daily insulin injections.

Longan, along with HopeHealth’s Mandy Floyd, quality manager, was part of a panel presentation on telehealth best practices and was surprised to receive the award, especially for a second time. She was also recognized as Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2011.

“There are a lot of deserving diabetes educators out there, said Longan. “I really feel like it is recognition for all of HopeHealth because we wouldn’t have a diabetes education program if it wasn’t for the support of our leadership and the awesome team we have at the Diabetes & Nutrition Institute.”

Longan has been instrumental in achieving accreditation for two diabetes education programs and building the diabetes education program at HopeHealth. She has helped pioneer telehealth for medical nutrition therapy and Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) at HopeHealth and helped expand telehealth options to three HopeHealth locations in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg counties. For more information on these programs, visit



Anita Longan, a registered dietitian nutritionist and diabetes educator conducts a telehealth session from the HopeHealth Diabetes & Nutrition Institute at the Medical Plaza in Florence for a diabetes education class with patients at HopeHealth in Manning. Longan was named Certified Diabetes Educator of the Year at the 17th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium March 8.



HopeHealth is one of 23 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina. We provide quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties and infectious diseases services in Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg Counties. To become a patient, call 843-667-9414 or visit



HopeHealth educates its patients on the importance of having a health care home. As a primary care facility, HopeHealth’s medical team works to prevent and detect illness and the early onset of disease, provide routine physical examinations and promote overall healthy lifestyles.

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