Diabetes Awareness Month activities promote awareness
and healthy lifestyles
(ATHENS, Ohio – Nov. 12, 2013) Throughout the
month of November, the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University will
sponsor a number of educational events and activities designed to
raise awareness about preventing and managing diabetes.
In Athens County alone, diabetes affects one out of every 10 adults,
and the rates of diabetes and obesity in the region are each
increasing by almost 1 percent annually. Darlene Berryman, Ph.D.,
R.D., director of the Diabetes Institute, said she hopes the month’s
events will make people mindful of the disease’s impact on
individuals, families and the community.
“Even if diabetes doesn’t touch your family directly, there is a
community, economic and social impact of this condition for which we
all need to be aware,” Berryman said. “Many do not understand or
appreciate the full impact of this disease, and these events are a
means to educate and raise awareness within the community.”
The Diabetes Institute will celebrate World Diabetes Day on
Thursday, Nov. 14, with two events on the Ohio University campus.
Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to wear
blue and meet at 4:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park (the field in front
of Walter Hall, also known as Punchcard Park) to create a human
circle of blue. Photos of the group will be entered in a World
Diabetes Day photo competition sponsored by the International
Diabetes Federation. The blue circle is the universal symbol for
that evening, university and community participants are urged to
Take a Step for Diabetes in a walk along the bike path outside of
Peden Stadium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Jay Shubrook, D.O., associate
professor of family medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College
of Osteopathic Medicine and director of
the Diabetes Fellowship Program,
will talk briefly about diabetes to kick off the walk.
Other Diabetes Awareness Month Activities include:
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Community Health Programs will offer free community health
screenings at various locations throughout Athens County in
November. These screening include checks of blood pressure,
cholesterol and glucose levels.
Click here for times and locations.
The Atrium Café in Grover Center will offer a healthy menu and
provide information about optimum daily carbohydrate intake on Nov.
12 for Healthy Food Education Day. Participants will be encouraged
to take part in a carb challenge and a physical activity challenge
to learn how to balance their eating and exercise habits.
Carla Miller, Ph.D., R.D., associate professor of biomedical
nutrition at Ohio State University, will share her experiences in
educating others about diabetes in a research seminar titled, "What
Works in Diabetes Education? A Tale of Two Approaches," at 3:30 p.m.
on Nov. 15 in Irvine Hall 199.
The annual Pumpkin Roll and Stroll sponsored by Live Healthy
Appalachia, featuring a walk, run or bike ride along the bike path,
will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Athens Community
panel of diabetes patients will share their stories about living
with the disease in a Diabetes Symposium titled, "A Bittersweet
Story: The Many Faces of Diabetes," at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the
Baker Center Theater. Dr. Shubrook will moderate the panel
Throughout the month, a Diabetes Dedication Tree in the Grover
Center Atrium will display the names of individuals who have been
affected by diabetes. Select buildings on the Ohio University campus
also will be lit with blue candlelight in honor of diabetes
The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University
together people and programs from the
Heritage College, the College of Health Sciences and Professions and
the community to improve the quality of life for those affected by
diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and
translational research, progressive clinical care, education and
community outreach. The Diabetes Institute is administratively
housed in the Heritage College, with financial and personnel
resources contributed by the College of Health Science and
Professions, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, and the Office of
Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.
Additional funding for the Diabetes Institute comes from the
historic $105 million gift to the Heritage College from the
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.
For more information about the Diabetes Institute or Diabetes
Awareness Month, please contact Jody Van Bibber at 740-593-2903 or