Oskaloosa Lions and MHP Team Up to Sponsor Free Diabetes Health Fair on Nov. 18

Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeld signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 18, 2017, as Diabetes Awareness Day in Oskaloosa. Present for the signing are, from left, Oskaloosa Lions Club Secretary Leslie Nuehring; Lea Rice, MHP Registered Dietitian; Sharon Ferguson, MHP Certified Diabetes

Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeld signs a proclamation declaring Nov. 18, 2017, as Diabetes Awareness Day in Oskaloosa. Present for the signing are, from left, Oskaloosa Lions Club Secretary Leslie Nuehring; Lea Rice, MHP Registered Dietitian; Sharon Ferguson, MHP Certified Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and Nov. 13-19 is Lions Clubs International’s Worldwide Week of Service to Halt Diabetes. The Oskaloosa Lions Club is thrilled to have Mahaska Health Partnership as a partner in this endeavor and to have the many vendors like Hy-Vee onboard to share with the public ways to prevent and live with diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease shared by young and old, rich and poor. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million adults, or 9.4% of the population, has diabetes. Complications from diabetes is also the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

To recognize this important health topic in our community, the Oskaloosa Lions Club and Mahaska Health Partnership are teaming up to sponsor a free Diabetes Health Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Penn Central Mall. The public is invited to stop by to talk with medical professionals and receive free health screenings related to diabetes. Vendors who supply diabetes medical equipment will be on hand to show the latest items available for symptom management, along with local businesses and services who provide information on healthy living for diabetics.

Those vendors conformed to attend this free health fair include:

Hy-Vee Dietitian Taylor Grgurich, with a grocery store list of diabetic-friendly foods
Oskaloosa Lions Club, providing free File of Life health cards and information about how Lions Clubs has taken on the worldwide diabetes epidemic
Eye Care Partners and Oskaloosa Vision Center highlighting why eye health is important to diabetics
Fareway will hand out information and samples of diabetic-friendly food
SHARE Iowa will provide healthy snacks and information about their food services
MHP Podiatrist Mark Beers will screen for blood flow in vessels of the lower leg and foot
MHP Diabetes Educator Sharon Ferguson will provide free blood glucose screenings
MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice will be discussing healthy eating and diabetes
MHP Physical and Occupational Therapy will assess balance issues that are common for people with diabetes
Mahaska County YMCA will provide information about programs they offer
Novo Nordisk, a leader in insulin therapy, will show the ease of using insulin to control diabetes
Medtronic Diabetes, a leader in insulin pump therapy, will exhibit a new closed-loop insulin pump
MHP Sleep Center will provide information on sleep disorders common with diabetics and treatment options.

The Oskaloosa Herald will also be conducting a diabetic cooking contest during the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Whether you or someone you love is living with diabetes, or if you want to learn ways to prevent diabetes, this event is meant for you.

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