FCHC to observe Diabetes Day 11.12.08

Written by David Green.

The Fulton County Health Center will join facilities throughout the country Friday in promoting diabetes awareness on World Diabetes Day. The event is part of American Diabetes Month celebrated each November.

The purpose of American Diabetes Month is to provide education about prevention and treatment of diabetes complications. Currently 23.6 million people or 7.8 percent of the United States population have diabetes. Diabetes in children worldwide has increased. Studies show that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle changes such as daily physical activity, eating healthy foods with proper portion sizes, and losing seven to 10 percent of body weight.

The Fulton County Health Center has planned several activities throughout the day to promote diabetes awareness. Free blood sugar screening is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. in the main lobby, information on children and diabetes will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, and a community walk in remembrance of the 246 million people worldwide that have diabetes is planned at 1:30 p.m.at Rotary Park in Wauseon.

This year the focus is on children and diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases to affect children. Globally, there are close to 500,000 children under the age of 15 with Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in children is becoming a global public health issue with potentially serious outcome.

For more information about American Diabetes Month, World Diabetes Day or diabetes in general, contact the FCHC Diabetes Education office at 419/330-2772.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.grieders
    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
  • Front.sidewalk
    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017