Monday, October 31, 2016
HFM to Host Free Diabetes Health Fair
Diabetes affects 29 million Americans, but is often preventable. November is National Diabetes Month, a time to learn how to stop this disease before it stops you. Holy Family Memorial is hosting a free Diabetes Health Fair on Saturday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at HFM Harbor Town Campus, 1650 S. 41st St., in Manitowoc.
In Wisconsin, there are 475,000 adults living with diabetes. It is estimated that one in three adults have prediabetes and are unaware of it. Common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, blurry vision, feeling thirsty, unexplained weight loss, urinating often, slow healing cuts or bruises, and tingling in the hands and feet.
Diabetes educator Sue Woepse, RN, says that diabetes has plenty of signs and symptoms but some people experience no symptoms at all or are unsure what is causing their symptoms.
“People who are not experiencing any symptoms may they think they are okay but damage can be happening even when they do not have symptoms,” adds Woepse.
Woepse’s goal is to help people living with diabetes or prediabetes to become aware of the steps they can take to help themselves feel better and manage their overall health.
“The Diabetes Health Fair gives people the opportunity to come and learn more about the disease and understand what lifestyle changes they can make to improve their numbers if they have diabetes or delay (even prevent) the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes,” said Woepse.
Participants can take advantage of health screenings, learn about HFM services and the newest diabetes products and services, as well as attend health talks on diabetic foot ulcers, weight management, nutrition and healthy cooking demonstrations. There will also be refreshments and giveaways.
To learn more about the Diabetes Health Fair, visit hfmhealth.org/diabetesevent or call (920) 320-4576.
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