NBA champion, wellness advocate, and TV host John Salley is coming to town Feb. 7 to help kick-off a series of six, free community education seminars on diabetes at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. As a special guest for the first ABC’s of Diabetes seminar, Salley, who has adopted a plant-based (raw vegan) lifestyle, will talk about the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits. All six of the seminars will be conducted by Jill Waggoner, MD, an independently practicing family medicine specialist on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton, and the author of “ABCs of Diabetes,” an easy to follow guide for people struggling with diabetes. The seminars will be held on Saturdays from 10–11:30 a.m., Feb. 7 through March 14, in the Methodist Charlton Auditorium located in the Outpatient Center. Topics include:

• What is Diabetes? Saturday, Feb. 7 (NBA Champion John Salley as guest)

• Believing Change is Possible, Saturday, Feb. 14

• Changing the Environment, Saturday, Feb. 21

• Diagnosis and Drugs, Saturday, February 28

• Eating and Emotions, Saturday, March 7

• Putting It All Together, Saturday, March 14

“Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are major health issues for the residents of the Best Southwest cities where Methodist Charlton is located,” Dr. Waggoner says. “It is important for the community to experience Methodist as more than a place to get assistance with acute and chronic health issues, but also as a wellness partner.” Space for the seminars is limited. Register online at or call 214-947-0046. Methodist Charlton is located at 3500 W. Wheatland Road in Dallas. Free parking is available.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Eight hospitals and 27 Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at