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Diabetes Awareness Month activities promote awareness and healthy lifestyles


(ATHENS, Ohio – Nov. 12, 2013) Throughout the month of November, the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University will sponsor a number of educational events and activities designed to raise awareness about preventing and managing diabetes.


In Athens County alone, diabetes affects one out of every 10 adults, and the rates of diabetes and obesity in the region are each increasing by almost 1 percent annually. Darlene Berryman, Ph.D., R.D., director of the Diabetes Institute, said she hopes the month’s events will make people mindful of the disease’s impact on individuals, families and the community.


“Even if diabetes doesn’t touch your family directly, there is a community, economic and social impact of this condition for which we all need to be aware,” Berryman said. “Many do not understand or appreciate the full impact of this disease, and these events are a means to educate and raise awareness within the community.”


The Diabetes Institute will celebrate World Diabetes Day on Thursday, Nov. 14, with two events on the Ohio University campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to wear blue and meet at 4:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park (the field in front of Walter Hall, also known as Punchcard Park) to create a human circle of blue. Photos of the group will be entered in a World Diabetes Day photo competition sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation. The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes awareness.


Later that evening, university and community participants are urged to Take a Step for Diabetes in a walk along the bike path outside of Peden Stadium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Jay Shubrook, D.O., associate professor of family medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and director of the Diabetes Fellowship Program, will talk briefly about diabetes to kick off the walk.  


Other Diabetes Awareness Month Activities include:


·         The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs will offer free community health screenings at various locations throughout Athens County in November. These screening include checks of blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Click here for times and locations.

·         The Atrium Café in Grover Center will offer a healthy menu and provide information about optimum daily carbohydrate intake on Nov. 12 for Healthy Food Education Day. Participants will be encouraged to take part in a carb challenge and a physical activity challenge to learn how to balance their eating and exercise habits.

·         Carla Miller, Ph.D., R.D., associate professor of biomedical nutrition at Ohio State University, will share her experiences in educating others about diabetes in a research seminar titled, "What Works in Diabetes Education? A Tale of Two Approaches," at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Irvine Hall 199.

·         The annual Pumpkin Roll and Stroll sponsored by Live Healthy Appalachia, featuring a walk, run or bike ride along the bike path, will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Athens Community Center.

·         A panel of diabetes patients will share their stories about living with the disease in a Diabetes Symposium titled, "A Bittersweet Story:  The Many Faces of Diabetes," at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Baker Center Theater. Dr. Shubrook will moderate the panel discussion.

·         Throughout the month, a Diabetes Dedication Tree in the Grover Center Atrium will display the names of individuals who have been affected by diabetes. Select buildings on the Ohio University campus also will be lit with blue candlelight in honor of diabetes awareness.


The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University brings together people and programs from the Heritage College, the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the community to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and translational research, progressive clinical care, education and community outreach. The Diabetes Institute is administratively housed in the Heritage College, with financial and personnel resources contributed by the College of Health Science and Professions, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, and the Office of Vice President for Research and Creative Activity. Additional funding for the Diabetes Institute comes from the historic $105 million gift to the Heritage College from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.


For more information about the Diabetes Institute or Diabetes Awareness Month, please contact Jody Van Bibber at 740-593-2903 or visit

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