Town declares week of Sept. 21 as Diabetes Awareness Week

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m., First Selectman Peter J. Tesei of the Town of Greenwich will sign a proclamation declaring the week of September 21, 2015, as Greenwich’s second Diabetes Awareness Week. Through this official proclamation signing, Selectman Tesei urges all citizens to support and recognize the work that the American Diabetes Association is doing to find a cure for diabetes.

Peter-TeseiThe proclamation signing officially announces the week of September 21st, 2015, as Greenwich’s second Diabetes Awareness Week. To kick it off, Whole Foods Market Greenwich will be hosting an Under the Tent event on Monday September 21, from 11-2. Whole Food Market Greenwich will have healthy tastings, get fit demos, a nutritionist and Stamford Hospital as the “Diamond Sponsor” will be providing free blood pressure testing. The YMCA, CLAY Health Club + Spa and Fitness Edge will be under the tent offering one week free trails. Town of Greenwich employees and residents are invited to a Fight Diabetes Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, September 24, from noon-1. Location is the Greenwich Town Hall in the Mazza. Lunch is sponsored by Whole Foods Market Greenwich.

The American Diabetes “Change the Future” chef event at Greenwich Country Club on Nov. 3, 2015, will kick off November’s Diabetes Awareness Month. Master Chefs will prepare a unique and interactive multi-media farm-to-plate culinary experience through a live video feed from kitchen to the ballroom. This elegant, five-course dinner will be paired with fine wines from Diageo. The evenings Master Chefs will be: Marc Weber – On the Marc, Frederic Kieffer – l’escale, Rui Correia – Douro, Bill Taibe – Le Farm, Edward Varipapa – Leon’s, and Lisa Maronian – Sweet Lisa.

The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly disease of diabetes. “The mission of the association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”Diabetes has reached epidemic status in the United States: every 14 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes, and 86 million people have pre-diabetes. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes, over 930,000 in Connecticut, and 60,000 right here in Fairfield County. They are not strangers; they are friends, neighbors and colleagues. If current trends continue, one third of American children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

The financial and personal costs of diabetes are astronomical. The economic cost in 2012 was $245 billion, and in Connecticut the cost was $3 billion. Further, 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 at Greenwich Town Hall located at 101 Field Point Rd in Greenwich, Diabetes Awareness Week or the Change of the Future chef event contact Hope Jayes at the American Diabetes Association at 203-639-0385, ext. 3536 or [email protected]

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