(ATHENS, Ohio — Nov. 10, 2015) November is National Diabetes
Awareness Month, and Athens County has ample reason to take note.
The incidence of diabetes here is higher than in many other parts of
the country –and continues to increase every year.
Institute at Ohio University, an institute of the Ohio University
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, has announced a schedule
of events to help raise awareness of this devastating disease, which
affects more than 29.1 million Americans – about one in 11. Every
year, more than 1 million people are newly diagnosed with diabetes.
If this trend continues, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention estimate that one in three Americans will develop
diabetes in their lifetime.
One step anyone can take to help
combat this trend is to know your personal risk of developing
diabetes. To learn more, take this online quiz:
the month of November, community members are invited to take part in
many events supported by the Diabetes Institute in an effort to
spread the word more widely about diabetes, its impact and what can
be done to prevent it.
- All month - Blue Circle Challenge: The Diabetes
Institute is issuing a challenge to any group that wants to join
in the battle against diabetes. Create a human “blue circle,”
being as creative as you like. Take a picture and submit it to
firstname.lastname@example.org; photos will be shared through
social media and the Diabetes Institute website.
- All month – Diabetes Certificate Program information:
Diabetes Institute staff will be on hand at Ohio University’s
Baker Center on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month to
answer questions about the Diabetes Certificate Program, a
program available to OHIO undergraduate and graduate students,
and to provide updates on Ohio University diabetes research,
education, clinical care and outreach. The Ohio University
Chapter of the College Diabetes Network will also be there to
- Saturday, Nov. 14 - Walk With a Doc: This national
walking program aims to encourage people to move toward a
healthier lifestyle. Doctors who specialize in diabetes will
lead the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the Athens Community
Center. By walking with them, you will be able to ask them
questions directly about your diabetes. This event will mark the
third year that Live Healthy Appalachia has partnered with the
Diabetes Institute to promote Diabetes Awareness Month.
- Saturday, Nov. 14 – Diabetes Expo: This event takes
place on World Diabetes Day at the Athens Community Center from
9 a.m. - noon. Free and open to the public, it will feature
diabetes-friendly cooking demonstrations, free foot checks and
health screenings. There will be dietitians, diabetes educators
and other experts there to answer questions. The first 50 people
in the door will get a T-shirt.
- Saturday, Nov. 14 – Bring Diabetes to Light 5K: The
second annual running of this race will begin with a 10 a.m.
check-in at the Athens Community Center during the Diabetes
Expo. The race will begin at the Athens Community Center,
proceed down the bike path and return to the community center.
To register prior to race day, visit
- Friday, Nov. 20 – Diabetes Research Seminar: Katie
Weinger, Ed.D., R.N., Ph.D., of the Joslin Diabetes Center at
Harvard Medical School will speak at 3 p.m. in Grover Center
room E205. Weinger is an investigator in the Section of
Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research; an associate
professor of psychiatry; director of the Office of Research
Fellow Affairs; and director of the Center for Innovation in
Diabetes Education. Her visit is supported by the Endocrine
Society’s Visiting Professor Program, supported by Eisai Inc. No
registration is required.
For more information on any of these events, contact Jody Van
Bibber at email@example.com.
The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University focuses on
innovative basic and translational research, progressive
clinical care, community outreach, and academic and professional
training to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes. It
is an institute of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine,
with additional support provided by the College of Health
Sciences and Professions, Edison Biotechnology and other Ohio
University units. Financial support for the institute is
provided through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s
transformational gift to the Heritage College supporting its
Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care in Ohio