Diabetes Awareness Week is slated for September

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m., First Selectman Peter Tesei will sign a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 15 as Greenwich’s first Diabetes Awareness Week.

Through this official proclamation signing, Mr. Tesei will urge all citizens to support and recognize the work that the American Diabetes Association is doing to find a cure for diabetes.

“This is a monumental event in Greenwich. By proclaiming a week dedicated to diabetes awareness, the good health and well-being of the residents of the state of Connecticut are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments of diabetes,” Hope Jayes, event manager for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) said.

To kick off Diabetes Awareness Week, Whole Foods Market Greenwich will be hosting an Under the Tent event at its 90 East Putnam Avenue location from 11 to 2 on Sept. 15 where Greenwich Hospital will be taking blood pressures, a dietitian will be discussing healthy life style choices, and the ADA will be giving diabetes risk tests. Greenwich Hospital’s Nancy Ryan, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, will be giving a talk entitled Change Your Future, Fight Diabetes at Greenwich Library on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Then on Sept. 19, town employees are invited to a noon “Lunch & Learn” event at Town Hall, also sponsored by Whole Foods Market Greenwich with Nancy Ryan.

The culminating event supporting the ADA is the Change the Future gala at the Greenwich Country Club on Nov. 4. The festive event will help raise money to support diabetes research, advocacy, educational programs and local community initiatives. The evening includes a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs followed by a seated five-course dinner with wine pairings selected by Chamard Vineyards.

Diabetes has reached epidemic status in the United States: every 14 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and 79 million people have pre-diabetes. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, with more than 930,000 in Connecticut, and 60,000 in Fairfield County. If current trends continue, one out of every three children born in the United States after the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

The economic cost of this in 2012 was $245 billion and in Connecticut the cost was $3 billion. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke. Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

For more information about the proclamation signing, Diabetes Awareness Week or the Change of the Future Gala, contact Ms. Jayes at the American Diabetes Association at 203-639-0385, ext. 3536 or [email protected]

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