Stockton. CA / Bilingual Weekly
The Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Taskforce has announced that the deadline to submit entry forms for the Youth Art Contest being held along the upcoming Community Diabetes Summit has been extended to January 14, 2011. Artwork will now be accepted until January 28, 2011.
The event —entitled “Connecting the Community to Combat Diabetes” will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel, downtown Stockton. There will be free diabetes screenings for attendees from 9:00 a.m.
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both, and it can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and is a major concern for San Joaquin County, where 6 out of 10 causes of death are related to the disease. Actually, San Joaquin has been ranked worst in terms of diabetes deaths in California.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services‘ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) about 40 percent of U.S. adults ages 40 to 74 — millions of whom are Hispanic or Latino — currently have pre-diabetes, a condition that leads to the full disease.
Among Hispanics/Latinos, diabetes prevalence rates are 8.2 percent for Cubans, 11.9 percent for Mexican Americans, and 12.6 percent for Puerto Ricans. African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.
“The goal is to link and increase community resources, services and strategies in order to reduce new cases of diabetes, reduce deaths from diabetes, and address social and environmental factors that increase diabetes risks,” said Shené Bowie, Coordinator of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention for the San Joaquin County Public Health Services, “this community event will be educational and fun for all ages”
For additional information, please contact Shené Bowie at 209-468-3649, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ingrid Glenn at 209-468-3868, email@example.com.