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KentuckyOne Health to Host Free Diabetes and Nutrition Expo
Event will educate community members about living with diabetes
Lexington, Ky. (February 26, 2018) — KentuckyOne Health is helping educate community members on living with diabetes and the risk for developing the disease, during its third annual Diabetes and Nutrition Expo on Saturday, March 3. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon at the KentuckyOne Health Office Park, located at 1451 Harrodsburg Road, Building D. Registration and free screenings begin at 8:30 a.m. Anyone currently living with diabetes or at risk for developing the disease is invited to attend this free event.
Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 30 million Americans suffer from the disease, and of those, 7.2 million are actually undiagnosed. An estimated 84.1 million adults have prediabetes.
“Screenings have become increasingly important to help those at risk for the disease find out early-on if they suffer from diabetes,” said Amanda Goldman, Director of Diabetes and Nutrition Care, KentuckyOne Health. “We started this Diabetes and Nutrition Expo several years ago to help give community members the tools and information they need to learn more about the disease, and how to live with it once diagnosed.”
The expo will include a cooking demonstration from Josh Smouse, the Executive Chef at Honeywood. A panel discussion will be held to discuss type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes and prediabetes. In addition, there will be giveaways and prizes, as well as free screenings for blood pressure and blood sugar. Foot screenings will also be offered by the Lexington Foot and Ankle Center, and hearing and vision screenings will be offered by the Lion’s Club.
The keynote speaker for the event is Derrick Ramsey, a former quarterback at the University of Kentucky who also won the 1981 Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders. Ramsey is currently the Secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
While both diabetes and prediabetes are serious conditions, they can be managed. The KentuckyOne Health Diabetes & Nutrition Care program works with patients to help them understand the disease, control symptoms and minimize risk for complications.
The Diabetes and Nutrition expo is open to the public, but registration is recommended. To register, please visit KentuckyOneHealth.org/DiabetesExpo. For more information, call 859.967.5653 or 859.313.2595.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.