Free health fair to be held May 30 at Sullivan County Community College
May 22, 2009 - Harris, N.Y. - According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) an estimated 17.9 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States. The ADA also estimates that 7 million people are unaware that they have the disease. In an effort to raise awareness of the disease, Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County's premier provider of health care services, and the Mid-Hudson Catskill Diabetes Coalition (MHCDC) will present Diabetes Awareness Day.
The free health fair will be held Saturday, May 30 at Sullivan County Community College's Seelig Theater from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will focus on the management and prevention of diabetes and feature guest speakers, a panel of local diabetics, several health information tables plus raffles and giveaways. Radio station Thunder 102 will broadcast live from the event.
CRMC and MHCDC have assembled a lineup of guest speakers with diabetic educational backgrounds to highlight the program. The group includes healthcare professionals from CRMC's Diabetes Self Management Training Program, New Vision Health and Wellness, Mobilemedic EMS, Family Footcare Group, Catskill Dialysis Center and more. An interactive panel discussion with Sullivan County diabetics will also take place.
The educational event will also offer free cholesterol and blood sugar screenings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Those who wish to have a screening must fast for 12 hours prior. Throughout the day, diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure screenings will be held. Advanced registration for the screenings is available by calling (845)794-3300, extension 2672.
The Sullivan County Public Health Department will be on hand to offer nicotine patches to any individuals who are interested in giving up tobacco use. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department will present a bike safety rodeo and children are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets.