Diabetes Day Offers Fun and Learning for All Ages November 21
November 13, 2015
HURON, S.D. – Free screenings, games, educational presentations and a Teddy Bear Clinic are just a few of the activities planned for Huron’s first-ever Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 21.
The event, which is being planned by community-wide group of healthcare workers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Huron Campus Center, is designed to bring attention to a condition that affects almost eight percent of adults in South Dakota, as well as many children.
Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been managing your condition for years, diabetes education is key to ensuring you avoid the negative consequences of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. It also affects eyesight, mouth health and risk of infection. Getting information about lifestyle changes – including diet and exercise – helps you reduce your chances of facing these conditions.
Throughout the day, free height, weight, BMI, glucose and eyee screenings will be provided along with discounted diabetes A1C testing. Beginning at 10 a.m., a series of four medical talks are designed to help anyone avoid a chronic illness like diabetes. There will be a drawing for a large door prize, like a FitBit, following each presentation:
- 10:00 a.m. Dr. Travis Lehman: Acknowledging the Complications
- 10:30 a.m. Sue Johannsen, CNP: Weighing in on Nutrition
- 11:00 a.m. Dr. Wayne Carr: Motivators, Obstacles and Strategies to Get Moving
Even if you don’t have diabetes, learning more about the condition can be good for your health. You might be among the 35 percent of South Dakotans who have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at higher risk for diabetes. Less than 5 percent of those people know they have prediabetes. This event will also have information about preventing diabetes.
The kids can enjoy games, face painting, a craft project, a coloring contest and a Teddy Bear Clinic where kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal for a healthy checkup. There will also be information about making healthy food choices along with free food samples.
The event is come and go, so the public is invited to come whenever their schedule allows or for the whole day.
If an organization is interested in providing information or screenings, please call 353-7679.More information is available online at www.huronregional.org/DiabetesDay or by calling 605-353-6326.
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