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Celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month at the Annual ‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ Community Event

In Brief

  • The Center for Diabetes will once again celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month with a free community event at Springfield Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Special lectures also will be available for attendees to learn more about topics that affect diabetics and pre-diabetics.
  • The Center for Diabetes provides services at Springfield Hospital, Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, and Community Hospital.

The Center for Diabetes will once again celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month with a free community event at Springfield Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This free community event will feature educational lectures and workshops on topics that are important to those living with diabetes, as well as vendors and representatives from Crozer-Keystone departments who will be available to answer questions and distribute information about diabetes and its risk factors. Additionally, free glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. Patients are required to begin fasting at midnight in order to have the screening done at the health fair. Free screening vouchers will be given after 10 a.m. for those who did not.

Mary Jane McDevitt, R.N., B.S., CDE, program coordinator for the Center of Diabetes, says, “This event is very important to come out to if you are a pre-diabetic or diabetic. The event has something for everyone and promises to be a very educational day.” 

Special lectures will also be available for attendees to learn more about topics that affect diabetics and pre-diabetics. Among the presenters will be Ruth Ann Fitzpatrick, M.D., medical director for the Center for Diabetes, who will discuss “New Advances in Diabetes.” Fitzpatrick actively promotes diabetes awareness and brings her knowledge and experience to community events and lectures. “By educating the public and providing good medical care, you are helping to keep patients with diabetes well-informed and healthy,” Fitzpatrick says.

In addition, Christopher Williams, M.D., chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, will discuss “The Effects of Diabetes on the Eye.” The final presentation will feature a representative from Johnson and Johnson. 

The Center for Diabetes at Springfield is an American Diabetes Association-recognized, hospital-based, outpatient diabetes program. The center provides outpatient education for individuals with new onset or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, or for those who desire intensive control. The Center for Diabetes provides services at Springfield Hospital, Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, and Community Hospital. To find out more about the Center for Diabetes or to make an appointment, call (610) 328-8920 or visit http://diabetes.crozer.org.

This year, the health fair portion of the event will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to register for this event, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).

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