|In 2008, it was estimated that more than 1,600 Abbeville County adults suffered from diabetes. Diabetes was also the tenth leading cause of death. At Abbeville Area Medical Center, in partnership with area physicians, we are making a difference in our statistics.
AAMC will host its third annual Diabetes Awareness and Health Fair to help educate our community about Diabetes and to promote good health in general. The Fair, scheduled for Friday, November 11th, from 8:00am – 1:00pm, will be held at the hospital’s Wellness Center.
Sponsored by Lily, MedXpress, sanofi aventis, CCS Medical, Medtronic and Novo Nordisk, this fun-filled event will include general health information, education and detection of diabetes as well as information regarding the complications associated with this disease. Diabetes product vendors will also be in attendance. Gift bags with free samples and literature will be given and everyone who attends can register for door prizes that include carotid scoring (stroke screening) certificates, a three-month membership to the wellness center, and our grand prize, one of two computers.
The event celebrates World Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14, and marks the birthday of Frederick Banthing who, with Charles Best, first conceived the idea leading to the discovery of insulin in 1922. The theme for World Diabetes Day through 2013 is Diabetes Education and Prevention.
AAMC will also offer a health fair during the event. Blood pressure checks, body fat analysis and blood sugar checks will be given free of charge. A1Cs for $10.00, Lipid panels for $10.00, total cholesterol for $5.00, PSAs for $15.00 and flu shots for $17.00 (cash or check only – no insurance) will also be offered.
Other community organizations including Abbeville Area Medical Center, LifePoint Organ and Tissue Donation, Cornerstone, the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County (UCMAC) and the Mental Health Association of Abbeville County will also have booths.
The event is open to the public – even those who do not have diabetes. For additional information, contact the Diabetes Support and Education department at (864) 366-3341.