Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease; by the year 2050, one third of our nation’s population will likely be affected. Moreover, nearly 80 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, meaning they have a high risk of developing diabetes, and many people who have the disease are undiagnosed. As one of the premier academic medical centers on the west coast offering comprehensive diabetes care for children and adults, the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University is sponsoring two free events to help educate, connect and support those affected by diabetes.
The events are a part of Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health and Wellness Week, which is co-hosted by Novo Nordisk and the Chris Dudley Foundation in celebration of World Diabetes Day. On November 14, a free health fair to promote diabetes education and prevention will provide access to helpful resources as well as screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure other health indicators. The following Saturday, November 17, the center is hosting its Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit, where local and national experts will share the latest information on prevention and treatment in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An added benefit associated with this year's summit is that there is no cost to attend!
Free Health Screenings — Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit — Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Avenue, Portland
Wednesday, Nov. 14—OHSU Free Health Screenings/World Diabetes Day
- OHSU cardiovascular medicine experts will measure blood glucose, BMI (body mass index), cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Nurses and physicians will be on hand for test results consults.
- Kendall Simmons, a Superbowl XL champion and former Pittsburgh Steeler, will explain how he tackled Type 1 diabetes.
- Certified diabetes educators from NovoNordisk will discuss carbohydrate counting and food exchanges.
- March wellness representatives will demonstrate their Medical Exercise Program.
Saturday, Nov. 17—2011 Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit
The summit includes lunch with an interactive session with Chris Smith, The Diabetic Chef. Programs will be offered for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Topics include:
- Managing your life with type 1 diabetes
- Exercise and type 1 diabetes
- Artificial Pancreas and other therapies of the future
- Social Networking and connecting type 1
- Eating healthy for type 2 diabetes without breaking the bank
- Exercise and type 2 diabetes
- Acknowledging (and feeding) the elephant in the room: success with managing type 2 diabetes
Read the full program or register for the Fifth Annual Pacific Northwest Diabetes Summit.