GALLIPOLIS — Gallia residents joined together in a walk to Gallipolis City Park Saturday morning from the Holzer Wellness and Therapy Center in an attempt to generate awareness and better health practices in those who struggle with diabetes.
According to Holzer Health System Representative Karrie Davison, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and more were available to answer patient and visitor questions in a convention style setup. Door prizes were offered for those who attended. A Yeti Cooler was offered as well as a Fitbit fitness tracker and a certificate to Honey Creek Barbecue.
“Several members of our diabetes support group came,” said Davison. “Beverly Jarrell, who is the diabetes educator, has a support group that meets monthly here in Gallipolis.”
Davison said she felt the event was nice for a first attempt and believes the health system will hold more events like it in the future.
After the first hour of visitors walking about the educational booths, walkers headed down Second Avenue from the center and came back. Davison said the walk was around a mile and a half.
“It was good event and something that plan to continue and expand,” said Davison.
Patients have the chance to learn new diabetic-friendly recipes as well as the importance of medication adherence, the act of taking one’s medication on a regularly scheduled basis. Field experts were also available to discuss the benefits in exercising.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention roughly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. That makes up roughly 9.3 percent of the population. Of those, estimates say that 27.8 people have been undiagnosed. According to the American Diabetes Association, roughly 1,300,000 in Ohio have diabetes. Of those, 286,000 are unaware they have it.
While there are no classes in December, Holzer Medical Center will play host to diabetes management classes in Jan. 9-11 from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 6-8 from 4 to 7 p.m., March 6-8 from 9 a.m. to noon, April 10-12 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.