Central Ohio Diabetes Association hosted the third annual “Evening of Health"
More than 415 million people are living with diabetes worldwide (1 in 11 people), a figure likely to increase by 55 percent (642 million) unless immediate action is taken for preventive strategies emphasizing access for improved nutrition.
Diabetes was the focus of the World Health Organization’s World Health Day, Tuesday, April 7. The goal of World Health Day 2016 was to scale up prevention, strengthen care, and enhance surveillance of the disease.
World Health Day was also used to create a Call to Action to advocate for stronger health systems, enhanced prevention and more effective management of diabetes, which could be instrumental in reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association took part in the World Health Organization’s Call To Action by hosting a community event, the third annual “Evening Of Health,” on Tuesday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the agency Headquarters, 1100 Dennison Ave.
This event , part of the agency’s Brush up Series on Diabetes Care, was designed to offer attendees a chance to visit with exhibitors and receive information about products and services related to diabetes self-management.
Participants engaged in various short workshops including: cooking demonstrations with Chef Pam Archer, Discuss your Meds with a Pharmacist, stress management sessions, foot checks, Zumba instruction and other activities Free diabetes screenings were also provided.
According to 2013 data from the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), it is estimated that 10.4 percent (921,012) of Ohio adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. The data also revealed that another 7.2 percent (378,153) of Ohio adults had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, increasing their risk of progressing to Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Whether you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or are at risk for the disease, an “Evening of Health” could help you or someone you know who is affected by diabetes. Visit with exhibitors from the community to learn about available resources. Registration is required, please call 884-4400 and ask about the “Evening of Health” Session.
One in 11 people in our community will develop diabetes. For more than 50 years, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has helped Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent non-profit organization providing services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio. .