Diabetes affects so many people in the United States: Nearly 26 million children and adults live with it, and an additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at risk for developing type 2. And these statistics don’t include the many family members and other caregivers who also deal with diabetes on a daily basis.
Early diagnosis and treatment is critical, and people with diabetes can take steps to better manage the disease and lower the risk of its deadly complications. Unfortunately, many people living with diabetes do not even know they have it.
It is more important than ever to learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes. To do this, people need access to the latest information, products, services and support. The American Diabetes Association EXPO is a series of free health events held throughout the country for just this purpose. With thousands of attendees each year (nearly 55,000 in 2012!), it’s one way we help Stop Diabetes® on the community level.
At each EXPO, you can take advantage of free health screenings offered by local health care organizations (such as for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol), cooking demonstrations, product exhibits and expert presentations on diabetes prevention and management. EXPOs also include a Family Fun/Healthy Kids area with information and activities geared toward youth with diabetes and their families.
The 2013 schedule for the American Diabetes Association EXPO is as follows (all events are conveniently held on Saturdays!):
• Denver (Feb. 9)
• Salt Lake City (March 2)
• New York City (March 9)
• Chicago (April 13)
• Seattle (April 13)
• Los Angeles (May 4)
• Portland (May 4)
• San Antonio (May 18)
• Northwest Arkansas (Aug. 3)
• Minneapolis (Oct. 12)
• Pittsburgh (Nov. 9)
You may register in advance or sign-up onsite! For more information about these FREE events, call 1-888-DIABETES (342-2383) or visit diabetes.org/EXPO.