For the second year, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will join a wide range of businesses and organizations in the Athens, Ohio, area in supporting a local “Stand Down” event on Friday, Oct. 6. A Stand Down is a grassroots, community-based intervention, meant to connect veterans and other community members who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with the local resources that can help them.
The Heritage College has been one of a number of local sponsors of the event, and once again this year, the college’s Community Health Programs will have one of its mobile clinics on site to provide free health screenings including total lipid profile, glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Also joining the Stand Down, which will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Athens County Fairgrounds, will be personnel from the Diabetes Institute. Their involvement is among the Institute’s activities in connection with Diabetes Awareness Month in November.
The Institute will conduct screenings to help people understand their risk for prediabetes and will share information about diabetes prevention and management classes that are offered through the institute. People who come to the Stand Down also will be able to sign up for a diabetes registry being assembled by the Institute, to help make sure they stay informed of diabetes-related events and research participation opportunities that are available to them.
Representatives of the Institute-sponsored Diabetes Community Partners group will be on hand to discuss how attendees can seek peer support if they or someone they know has diabetes. The Diabetes Institute is also partnering with the College of Health Sciences and Profession’s Dietetic Internship program, whose representatives will be available to talk about healthy food choices and offer samples of easy-to-prepare, nutritious foods.