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Diabetes Awareness at The Oaks

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million Americans are currently living with diabetes and an additional 57 million, or one in five, are at risk for developing type 2 Diabetes. Come find out if you or your loved ones might be at risk. On Saturday, March 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., as an extension of the American Diabetes Alert Day held the fourth Tuesday of every March, The Oaks at Family Health West will host an Awareness Day featuring health screenings, dietary tips, recipes, cooking demonstrations, fitness consultations, Silver Sneakers and Tai Chi classes and much more. It’s all free.
“We will be joining the American Diabetes Association in providing tools and information needed to maintain a healthy life-style and hopefully prevent diabetes from ever developing,” said Michele Snider, director of The Oaks assisted living facility at Family Health West. In addition to the information and demonstrations provided, there will be free food and opportunities to get involved in heart-healthy activities and to speak with experts in the fields of medicine, fitness, and pharmacy.
Of the approximately 24 million Americans living with diabetes, nearly 6 million Americans have type 2 Diabetes but don’t even know it. Another 57 million, or one in five Americans, have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 Diabetes. If current trends continue, one out of three children born today will face a future with diabetes. “Early detection is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of the complications associated such as blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death,” said Phyllis Pool, lab director at Family Health West.
The clinic is free and open to the public, “We encourage anyone interested in leading healthier lives to stop by on the 27th and take advantage of all the resources we have to offer here at Family Health West,” added Dennis Ficklin, Family Health West CEO, “We’re committed to empowering our community to make optimal health choices for their families.”