Diabetes Health Fair to be held on November 16 at the Boone Mall

In observance of National Diabetes Month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is hosting a free Diabetes Health Fair on Saturday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boone Mall.

Health educators will provide diabetes risk assessments and education, as well as offer blood sugar screenings, check blood pressures and evaluate body mass index. Spanish speaking health educators will also be available.

Linda Bond RN, BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator said “Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. My hope is to educate the community about the risks of diabetes and to hopefully improve the quality of life for those who have it.”

Watauga Medical Center (WMC) offers a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program and a Diabetes Support Group. The program, which is led by Bond and registered dietitians, provides patients with the skills they need to manage their diabetes. Participants are also eligible to take part in WMC’s Diabetes Education Group classes. The support group meets once a month, May through October.

“You do not have to face diabetes alone,” said Bond. “We are here to support our patients, their families and our community.”

To learn more about the Diabetes Health Fair, contact Candy Jones, RN, Community Outreach Nurse at 828-268-8969 or email her at cfjones@apprhs.org. For more information about the Diabetes Programs offered through ARHS, visit www.apprhs.org/diabetes-self-managment.