More than 50 exhibitors and screeners will showcase diabetes services, supplies and programs at the free 17th Annual Diabetes Wellness Expo, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Conference Center, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover.
The event, organized by the Delaware Diabetes Coalition, the Division of Public Health and other partners, brings together health care facilities, diabetes-related organizations and businesses to promote self-management and healthier lifestyles for people with diabetes and prediabetes.
More than 85,000 Delawareans have diabetes and an additional 85,000 people have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, lower-limb amputations, heart disease and stroke in the U.S. The disease requires extensive medical monitoring and lifelong treatment. However, the health impacts of the disease can be managed through healthier lifestyle choices, the use of self-management techniques and properly prescribed medications, which allow many to enjoy a higher quality of life.
The expo will include educational presentations on diabetes/pre-diabetes management, medication adherence, healthy eating, A1c control and the benefits of exercise. Blood sugar, blood pressure, foot care, eye exams and other screenings will be available. Free flu shots will also be provided. A box lunch including a gourmet sandwich, fruit and beverage will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more, call 388-9728 or 744-1020 or visit dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/dpc/diabetes.html.