FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lori Bramlett
August 3,2010 479-464-4121
SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Millions of Americans have diabetes and do not even know it.
Northwest Arkansas residents will have the opportunity to find out if they are at risk for the disease this weekend, during the 3rd Annual Diabetes Health and Wellness Expo hosted by the American Diabetes Association. More importantly, they will learn how to lead healthy lives while managing diabetes.
The ADA event on Saturday is for anyone interested in diabetes or general health and wellness. The Northwest Arkansas Convention Center will be transformed into a place for families to concentrate on their health. Screenings will be offered for blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, spinal, BMI, and bone density, among other things. Nutritionists will offer information and demonstrations to help people make smarter diet choices. Diabetes experts will provide one-on-one consultations and medical advice.
“The event is not just about diabetes, it is about encouraging children and adults to focus on their overall health. The free services come at a critical time for many families struggling with the challenging economy,’’ said Deryn Young, ADA board chair. “Attendees will have access to great health care services and information on health and nutrition without concern for insurance or out-of-pocket spending.’’
About 1,200 people are expected to attend, a slightly larger crowd than last year. Health screenings at the 2009 Expo led to diabetes diagnoses. And more people are expected to find out this year that they too have the disease. More than 23 million Americans have diabetes. New components of the event this year include the addition of A1C testing and an expanded Youth & Family Zone with fun activities and demonstrations for the entire family.
“About one in four people who have diabetes do not know it. We want to make sure that people have every opportunity to get critical help and the latest information,’’ Young said.
This free community event is presented by Walmart/Sam’s Club and the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. Information and activities will be available in English and Spanish.
WHAT: American Diabetes Association holds a free Diabetes Health and Wellness Expo.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: NWA Holiday Inn Convention Center, 1500 S. 48th St. Springdale, Ark.
WHO: Anyone interested in free health screenings, advice from nutritionists and up-to-date
information from medical professionals on diabetes. Event is open to the public.