Diabetes Alert Day at Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.

What will you do to Stop Diabetes?

Syracuse, NY – Please join with members of the Syracuse Community Health Center (SCHC) Staff, The American Diabetes Association, AmeriCorps Volunteers, SUNY Upstate Medical University HealthLInk and several pharmaceutical company representatives to participate in Diabetes Alert Day, on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Syracuse Community Health Center located at 819 S. Salina Street, Syracuse, New York in conference rooms 1, 2, 3.

America’s Health Centers are a vital tool in the war against diabetes, a disease that disproportionately affects minorities and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 6 million Americans have diabetes and don’t know it.

Diabetes Alert Day is held every year on the fourth Tuesday of March to call attention to diabetes and to encourage everyone to find out if they are at risk. While diabetes is often a hereditary condition, it is possible to develop diabetes even if you have a known history of it in your family. In addition, type 2 diabetes is often preventable through regular medical checkups and a healthy lifestyle.

The event is free and open to the public. At 10:00 a.m., SUNY Upstate Medical Dietician, Jody Kearns, will speak on maintaining a healthy diabetic lifestyle, at 11:00 a.m. Ted Kaufman, an *A1C Champion®, will share his own story of living with diabetes and our own SCHC Nutritionist, Karen Ertel will be available to answer questions. There will be a raffle and booths representing Abbot Diabetes Care, ACCU Check, Lilly Diabetes, Novo Nordis, Inc., sanofi-aventis, the Scooter Store, Total Care and more.

Syracuse Community Health Center, in addition to its main campus downtown, serves the Syracuse community at 14 additional satellite locations and provides services for the screening, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, depression, cancer and HIV.

* The A1C Champions® Program, sponsored by sanofi-aventis U.S., is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. A1C Champions® are people with diabetes who share diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on extensive training and their personal experience.