04/09/2007

WVU Diabetes Education Center to Hold Fair April 12

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Nearly 1.3 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year, approximately 3,561 per day. Unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have the disease according to the American Diabetes Association.

The Diabetes Education Center at West Virginia University Hospital is taking steps to address those statistics.

On Thursday, April 12, the Diabetes Education Center will hold a diabetes health fair at Ruby Memorial Hospital from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the first floor West Lobby. 

The fair offers free health screenings including blood pressure, blood glucose and A1C. An A1C test is a simple lab test that reflects an individual’s average blood glucose level over the last three months.

Exhibitors at the fair will have information on foot care, kidney health, meal planning, exercise, wellness and the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. There also will be information about Camp Kno-Koma, a West Virginia camp for children with diabetes.

Diabetes educators and pharmacists, as well as glucometer, drug and insulin representatives, will be available at the fair to answer questions.

For more information, call (304) 598-4391.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
sfb:04-09-07

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