Even though the dog days of summer have ended, and we head towards fall, our area continues to see hot temperatures. People with both type 1 (juvenile) and type 2 (adult onset) feel the heat more than people who do not have diabetes. Extreme heat like we are experiencing with temps in the upper 90’s to 100 degrees and heat indexes of 105 degrees can be dangerous for everyone, especially for those with diabetes. High heat affects blood glucose levels. High heat, profuse sweating combined with dehydration, lead to a rise in glucose levels. Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect sweat glands so that your body cannot cool as effectively. Hot temperatures can change how your body uses insulin. In hot weather, more blood flows to the skin to assist with keeping you cool. When dehydrated, just the opposite occurs. Less blood flows to skin and most insulin types do not work as well when blood flow is decreased. Take steps to stay cool during the heat of the day. Drink plenty of water, avoid soft drinks or sports drinks. Be consistent with checking your blood sugar and taking your diabetic medications prescribed by your physician. Do not go barefoot, always protect your feet due to potential nerve damage as a side effect of diabetes. Also wear sunscreen and a hat when you are outside. A severe sunburn causes inflammation, which in turn raises your blood sugar levels. Following these tips will keep you cool and healthy during hot Arkansas days.

The Nurse

Independence. Empowerment. Setting goals for a brighter future.

These are three things BOST and Regions Bank’s financial education programs promote. So, it was a seamless fit when the two organizations recently joined forces to deliver financial education workshops to 56 BOST clients in Fort Smith and Dardanelle. The two virtual financial education sessions, the latest collaboration of a nearly 30-year community partnership between BOST and Regions, were presented as part of the bank’s commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion for people with disabilities in Arkansas and beyond.

“Making wise financial decisions is one of the first steps on the road to independent living,” said Kathy Lovell, disability services and outreach manager for Regions. “It also empowers people with disabilities with the ability to live life to their fullest potential. We believe that delivering financial education programs to our nonprofit partners and their clients provides shared value to our community and supports our core values of doing what is right and making life better for all.”

Lovell and Cecilia Bailey, community engagement financial education manager at Regions, delivered the Money Basics for Life and Managing Your Money presentations. Money Basics for Life is a new module specifically developed for people with disabilities. Both sessions are part of Regions Next Step, a comprehensive financial wellness program for children, students and adults that includes seminars, virtual courses and a website filled with free resources and addressing topics ranging from budgeting to savings to retirement and more. Regions’ Next Step articles, worksheets, podcasts and other resources are available to everyone. Best of all: they’re free.

During the two training sessions, BOST clients learned practical applications to assist them with their unique, personalized banking needs, something BOST work development coordinator Rhonda Jones found especially valuable.

“These sessions provided the clients we serve with a first-hand look at how banking works for them,” said Jones. “The conversation included how money is used and saved, how to obtain credit and safeguards to put in place to avoid identity theft. Despite being virtual, the format offered participants an interactive opportunity to ask questions and receive real-time responses from experienced banking professionals. I had several consumers tell me they learned things about money they didn’t know. I believe our BOST clients greatly benefitted from this training.”

It’s something Lovell, Bailey and the entire banking team in Fort Smith look forward to providing to BOST clients again in the future – because achieving independence, empowerment and goals requires regular focus.

Regions is continually developing new resources to help people, families and even businesses take their financial Next Step, whatever that may be. Check out some of our latest articles here:

Family Budgeting & Saving (includes Budgeting for Back to School)

Navigating Financially Difficult Times (includes an Emergency Fund Calculator)

Five Steps to Fight Financial Fraud






I get to make a difference in someone’s life. Getting up every day coming to a work being greeted with the biggest smile and hug from my consumer makes it all worthwhile… She’s come so far in these past four years and it makes me feel good, because I know I’m doing my job.


I hope people in this world will see that everyone is equal. Everyone has a disability. Although some are visual, that doesn’t make them any less than others. When we can all love everyone in spite of, I feel the world will be a better place.

I was introduced to Bost in 1996. Best thing I can say is. I have met alot of people and have enjoyed working with them. Clients and staff.. all race, color,and age . One thing I know is we all have feelings. And want to be treated equally.   I want to help and hope I’m part of a person’s smile!

I first found out about Bost in September of 2015.  I have learned so much from the clients I have had the opportunity to work with. I thought I knew almost everything then I learned I don’t know as much as I thought I did. I hope that we as care givers can show by good examples what it takes to help people with disabilities.  They struggle so much just to make it thru day by day.

1.) I’ve been with Bost for 12 years now. I first got involved back in high school. I had a teacher who had a family member in the program and she told me she thought I would be great at the job.

2.) The best thing that’s happened to me while working here has been the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the clients. They really do become a part of your family.

3.)What I hope the world will view and treat people with disabilities with respect and dignity they are human just like you and me.