Monday, November 16, 2015

NORMAN, OK - By 2035, it is estimated there will be 592 million people diagnosed with diabetes – an increase of more than 50 percent from the amount of cases today. Norman Regional is dedicated to prevention, education and management of diabetes and is hosting a health fair so people can learn more about this chronic condition. Norman Regional is hosting a Diabetes Health Fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center, 901 N. Porter Ave.

The Diabetes Health Fair is a community-wide event and open to anyone who may be affected by diabetes or those interested in improving diabetes management. There will be a cooking demonstration and presentation by Norman Endocrinologist Dr. Tan Pham.:

The Diabetes Health Fair will also feature:

  • free blood pressure screenings
  • free blood glucose meters
  • free hemoglobin A1C lab voucher
  • the newest diabetes products

During the fair, awards will also be given to individuals who have been on insulin for more than 25 years. The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes people with type 1 diabetes who have successfully managed diabetes with insulin. Recipients will receive a medal with their name engraved based on the number of years they’ve on insult with bronze for 25 years, sliver for 50 years and gold for 75 years.

"This award is a token of the lifelong journey to successfully managing their diabetes," said Susan Pacific, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. "This is such a huge honor for each of these recipients and all of us in the Diabetes Center are excited to be a part of and have the opportunity to present these well-deserved awards."

The Diabetes Health Fair will also include various vendor booths, door prizes, nutritious snacks, and much more. The free fair is sponsored by the Norman Regional Diabetes Education Center. No registration is required to attend.