PeaceHealth will be hosting a series of events the week of Nov. 11-16 in recogntion of American Diabetes Month, as well as Lane County’s inaugural Walk from Obesity on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center’s RiverBend campus in Springfield. Here’s why we think these efforts are so important:
• Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3% of the population.
• If current trends hold, 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050.
• Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
• About 215,000 people younger than 20 had type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2010.
• More than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity, and more than 15 million by morbid obesity.
• More than two-thirds of all Americans are classified as overweight or obese.
• Obesity increases the likelihood of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
• Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death, accounting for more than 100,000 deaths each year.
The Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart wants to take a lead in addressing the obesity crisis at the community level. The Walk from Obesity draws national attention to the need for awareness, treatment and advocacy initiatives, and raises money to continue research and education vital to the prevention and treatment of obesity.
In addition to the one-mile Nov. 10 walk, which starts at 9 a.m. outside the RiverBend Pavilion at the north end of the hospital campus, Sacred Heart has several public activities planned at RiverBend during Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week, Nov. 11-17:
• Diabetes Health Fair, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 200EB
• Celebrity Diabetic Chef demonstration, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 200FA
• Dr. Jill Chaplin presentation on pre-diabetes, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-noon, Room 200CD, (lunch provided)
• Talk by Kendall Simmons, former Pittsburg Steeler, on living with diabetes, Nov. 15, 1-2 p.m., Room 200CD
• Presentation by Dr. Sherrie Rawlins on relationship between sleep apnea and diabetes, Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m., Room 200CD
We invite anyone who has been affected by diabetes or obesity or is concerned about their impact to join us at any or all of these events. Registration for the Walk from Obesity begins at 8 a.m. at the RiverBend Pavilion at the north end of campus, with the walk set for 9 a.m. The course follows,a flat, easy route of just over one mile. For information or to sign up, visit www.walkfromobesity.com