Diabetes Expo offers one more step towards prevention

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Sources: The American Diabetes Association

Diabetes is a disease that affects the daily life of 26 million Americans and threatens millions more. Harmons Grocer and the American Diabetes Association are teaming up to spread awareness about diabetes management and prevention.

The American Diabetes Association is holding an Expo this Saturday to educate the Utah community about diabetes.The free Expo will include cooking demonstrations, speeches by health professionals, and a free health screenings by St. Marks Hospital.

“We want to be able to educate people on diabetes and healthy living,” American Diabetes Association representative Beverly Bartel said. “This provides a resource for people living with diabetes to come and learn how to manage it.”

The Expo will also offer a full diabetes risk assessment exam by offering free cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure, and eye screening exams.

BYU junior Amanda Whitlock said the Expo would not only help her understand her type 1 diabetes better, but could also help non-diabetics be more sympathetic and aware.

“You get used to people not knowing much about your condition, but it’s still frustrating,” Whitlock said. “When other people aren’t aware of it, it makes it all that much harder for you turn down things you shouldn’t or can’t eat.”

Bartel also said that diabetics and non-diabetics alike can benefit from this event for the community.

“Whether you’re living with it, a caretaker of someone with diabetes, or a friend of someone living with diabetes, you can learn something at EXPO.”

The Expo will be held on Saturday, March 1 at the South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 South State Street, Sandy, UT from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

 

 

 

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