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.