WCA Hospital will host a community diabetes education presentation, "Learn How To Play The Game of Diabetes & Win," from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the WCA Hospital auditorium, 207 Foote Ave.
The program will include vendor guests from 6-7 p.m. The education program will be from 7-8 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 763-2079.
According to the American Diabetes Association, recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Jacqueline Carlson, WCA Hospital diabetes educator, holds playing cards that will be used in an education game to teach attendees how they can manage and control diabetes and live a healthy lifestyle. The program will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the WCA Hospital auditorium.
Community participants will learn tips to: manage diabetes; live a healthy lifestyle; stay active; choose healthy foods; maintain healthy blood pressure; reach glucose goals and more.
"Diabetes is a serious disease," said Jacqueline Carlson, WCA Hospital diabetes educator. "If it isn't managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications."
"During November, we want to raise awareness of the risks of developing diabetes, celebrate the people who live with this disease and provide support to help with managing it," Mrs. Carlson said. "Our goal is to prevent or control diabetes so that we decrease the incidence of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. These are complications of uncontrolled diabetes. We encourage anyone affected by diabetes to attend our free community presentation to learn how they can manage diabetes disease and live a healthy lifestyle."
For more information, call the WCA Hospital Diabetes Office at 763-2079.