World Diabetes Day Recognition

At the Clayton County Board of Health

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting 25.8 million people. In Clayton County, 12.4 percent of residents have a diagnosed form of diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputations.
On November 14, 2012, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) will join the world in taking a stand against diabetes. World Diabetes Day Recognition will be held on Wednesday, November 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. During that time, all Clayton County residents are invited to participate in free blood sugar testing at the 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, location.
At 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., CCBOH will offer free “Road to Health” classes for the general public. “Road to Health” was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to help those with diabetes or diabetes risk factors control and manage their diabetes successfully. “Road to Health” covers exercise, healthy eating, and practical ways people can take control of their diabetes.
At 12 p.m., the Clayton County Cooperative Extension Office will host a healthy cooking demonstration. Residents will be able to see a live chef prepare easy and delicious meals that can be enjoyed by diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
For more information about World Diabetes Day at CCBOH, contact Joel Hall at 678-610-7424, or joelhall@dhr.state.ga.us.

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