November 4, 2013 -- In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, The Valley Hospital – in partnership with the Diabetes Foundation and the Ridgewood YWCA – hosted a Diabetes Awareness and Screening event on Saturday, November 2, at the hospital’s Luckow Pavilion in Paramus.
Valley welcomed special guest Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur, chairwoman of county health services, to the event, which included free health screenings, diabetes education, lectures, and a range of health and wellness information. Of the 114 attendees who took advantage of a free blood screening, 65 of them – or 57 percent – were flagged as pre-diabetic or diabetic.
According to the American Diabetes Association more than 25 million people in the United States — 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. And these numbers are expected to rise as a result of many factors, including this country’s obesity epidemic. Today the estimated lifetime risk of developing diabetes for an individual born in the U.S. in the year 2000 is an astounding 30 to 40 percent. Fortunately, diabetes can be treated very well, and with the right combination of diet, exercise and medications, individuals with diabetes who maintain a healthy lifestyle can expect a long and healthy life.
For information about diabetes support services offered through Valley Home Care, please call 201-291-6000, ext. 7080.
Caption: Shown at Valley’s Diabetes Awareness and Screening Event are (left to right): Colette Cummings, Director of Community Health and Community Benefit; Elizabeth Lucas, Manager, Community Health and Community Benefit; Megan Fraser, Vice President of Communications & Marketing; and Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Zur.