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Diabetes Wellness Fair Benefits Entire Region

Middletown, Ohio, November 12, 2008 – Atrium Medical Center’s Diabetes Wellness Center will host its eighth-annual Diabetes Wellness Fair Thursday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on the fifth floor of the Professional Building attached to Atrium Medical Center. The wellness fair, which coincides with American Diabetes Month, is free and open to the public. It is made possible by generous contributions to the Mid-Miami Healthcare Foundation’s Diabetes Community Outreach Program.

Free blood sugar, blood pressure and other screenings will be offered. Fasting is not required for the fingerstick blood sugar screening made possible by a generous donation from Abbott Diabetes Care. More than 20 door prizes, ranging from gift baskets to t-shirts, will be given away. Representatives from various Atrium Medical Center departments will be on hand to discuss health information. Several organizations and companies specializing in diabetes care also will be available to showcase their services and products. Among those scheduled to be on hand are:

  • Abbott Diabetes Care - information on home glucose meters
  • MiddCare Pharmacy - information on diabetes products
  • Sleepcare Diagnostics - information on diabetes and sleep apnea
  • Atrium Family YMCA - membership information
  • Medtronic MiniMed - information on insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices
  • Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - information on adaptive devices for the visually impaired
  • Automated Health Services - information on Medicaid Managed Care and enrollment services

“We encourage everyone to stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.,” said Carolyn Fogarty, manager of the Diabetes Wellness Center. Everyone can benefit from information available at the fair, not just those with diabetes.”

Because a number of other diseases are more visible or are discussed more frequently, diabetes has remained a “silent killer” through the years, according to Fogarty. The disease affects approximately 23.6 million Americans, roughly equal to the combined populations of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Of those 23.6 million, more than 5.7 million, are undiagnosed. In 2007, 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older.

“In Butler and Warren counties alone, there are more than 38,000 residents with diabetes,” explains Fogarty. “Nationally, a staggering 57 million people have pre-diabetes. These are the people who could prevent diabetes through education, exercise and healthy eating.”

For more information about the wellness fair or diabetes care, please call the Diabetes Wellness Center at (513) 727-5475.