Inaugural Diabetes Day Set for November 21 at Campus Center
October 26, 2015
HURON, S.D. – On November 21, a community-wide group of healthcare workers will host a diabetes education event for the Huron area from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Huron Campus Center.
Designed to bring attention to a condition that affects almost eight percent of adults in South Dakota, the diabetes education event is sponsored by HRMC and other businesses and healthcare organizations in Beadle County.
“This event will provide educational opportunities for all people in our community,” says Dennise Brock, RN, education coordinator at HRMC. “We want this to be an annual event that focuses on improving the health of patients with diabetes, no matter their culture or way of life.”
Information on a wide variety of topics will be provided, including presentations by local healthcare providers on topics like: Better Choices Better Health, medications, foot complications and exercise.
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, according to Brock.
“Diabetes increases your risk for stroke, heart attack and kidney disease,” says Brock. “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.”
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.
“If you have a loved one with the disease, come and get the information to equip yourself,” says Brock. “Diabetes not only affects the person diagnosed, but the whole family.” This diabetes education event began as a population health initiative of the South Dakota Department of Health and South Dakota Diabetes Coalition and is being piloted in Huron.
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