3rd Annual Crossroads Diabetes Expo to offer health info, screenings

The Victoria Regional Health Alliance will host the third annual Crossroads Diabetes Expo, “Changing Habits, Changing Lives,” from 8 a.m.- noon Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Victoria College Health Sciences Center.

The expo is free, but registration is encouraged. The first 125 people to arrive will receive a free T-shirt. Breakfast, refreshments and samples from the food demonstration station will be served. Parking is available at Entrance #9.

“We expect this year’s expo to be bigger and better than last year. There will be kidney function testing for about 100 people as well as many other screenings that are important for diabetes care,” said DeAnna Alvarez, program manager for Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region. “This public event will not only put diabetics and caregivers in touch with area resources, it will also provide valuable information aimed at self-managing this disease.”

In Texas, the epidemic of diabetes affects 14% of the population and continues to be on the rise. The disease costs the state an estimated $23.7 billion each year, according to the American Diabetes Association. This is an ongoing and growing concern in the Crossroads area. An estimated 10,000 people in Victoria County have diabetes, with one in three people unaware they have it.

The expo will offer a schedule of educational sessions designed to deliver information about lifestyle changes and disease management. Sessions will cover topics relating to nutrition, the health benefits of exercise, achieving good mental health and oral healthcare. These topics will be addressed by professionals in fields of medicine, dentistry, nutrition, nursing and diabetes self-care.

Cooking demonstrations and product or service exhibitors will also be on hand. A multitude of screening will be provided including kidney function testing, vision, foot checks, blood glucose and blood pressure checks, and pneumonia and flu vaccines.

Expo sponsors include Citizens Medical Center, DeTar Healthcare System, Victoria College Lily Diabetes, Kidney Smart, The Victoria Television Group, Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center, Christus Health Plan, Driscoll Health Plan, HEB and Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Other supporters include: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region and Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

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

Published: Thursday, 29 October 2015

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