By Portia Williams
WURTLAND, Ky. - As the number of cases of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans of all ages and ethnicity’s continues to increase, The Diabetes Today Coalition and Greenup County Healthy Department will host a health fair Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Greenup County Extension Office in Wurtland, Ky. from 9 a.m. until noon.
According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 million people in the US have diabetes ages 20 years or older (12.3 percent of the adult population), and 1 in 4 do not know it. This number has increased from 26 million in 2010.
In 2012 alone, 1.7 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes and 208,000 people younger than 20 years have diabetes (type 1 or type 2). Eve Greene, the Diabetes Coordinator at the Greenup County Health Department and a licensed Diabetes Educator statistics regarding diabetes is alarming.
“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country. Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms,” Greene said. “It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”
Although the health fair event is targeting diabetes, Greene said it will also provide a host of other health-related information and activities.
“We are going to have a couple of insurance personnel to come and talk to people about the different types of insurance. We have Our Lady of Bellefonte coming, and will perform blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks. The Mammography Mobile is supposed to be there as well,” she said.
Greene said officers from the Kentucky State Police will be present to talk about safety, and to take finger prints of children, and King’s Daughter’s will share information about the services they provide.
The GCHD also offers a Diabetes Self-Management classes, and a Diabetes Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month at the Health Department.
“The Diabetes Self-Management is really an awesome course. It covers everything from the symptoms, to what happens when diabetes is unmanaged, and nutrition and how to read labels,” she said.
Greene said the GCHD also provides a diabetes support group.
“Right now the support group is low in number, and they really enjoy it. We try to do different activities. One time we toured the Wound Care Center, and another time we went to Kroger with a registered dietitian and did a tour. Another time went to Our Lady of Bellefonte and talked to a cardiologist. It is just a good resource for those who have diabetes, or want to avoid the disease,” she said.
For more information regarding the health fair and diabetes support programs, contact the GCHD at 606-473-9838.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.