2nd annual Crossroads Diabetes Expo to offer health information, screenings, resources

DeAnna Alvarez

Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern in the Crossroads area. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 10,000 people in Victoria County have diabetes, with one in three people unaware they have it. Because of this, the Victoria Regional Health Alliance (VRHA) is hosting the 2nd annual Crossroads Diabetes Expo - “Changing Habits, Changing Lives.”

The expo will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 8 in Victoria College’s Health Sciences Center, 2200 E. Red River St. Parking is available at Entrance #9. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged and the first 100 people to arrive will receive a free T-shirt. Breakfast, refreshments and snacks will be served. Registration will be held in the atrium of the Health Sciences Center.

The expo aims to help people living with diabetes learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes for themselves and their families.

“The Crossroads Diabetes Expo is a public event that will not only put diabetics and their caregivers in touch with area resources, but will also provide a multitude of free screenings and valuable information aimed at self-managing their disease,” said DeAnna Alvarez, program manager for Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region.

The expo will feature educational sessions designed to deliver necessary information about lifestyle changes and disease management. Topics such as diabetes medications, carbohydrate counting, benefits of exercise, and mental health and behavior modification will be addressed by professionals in fields of medicine, nutrition, nursing and diabetes self-care. Cooking demonstrations and product/services exhibitors will also be on hand. Various screenings will be provided including vision, foot checks, blood glucose and blood pressure checks, and pneumonia and flu vaccines.

Expo sponsors include Victoria College, Citizens Medical Center, DeTar Healthcare System, Lily Diabetes, Driscoll Health Plan, Podiatry and Associates of Victoria, and United Healthcare. Program partners are First United Methodist Ministries, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region.

To register, or for more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office at (361) 575-4581.

Published: Thursday, 30 October 2014

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