UPMC Bedford Memorial to Offer Diabetes and Wellness Expo
: As part of the “Healthy Community, Healthy You” initiative, UPMC Bedford Memorial
will host a Diabetes and Wellness Expo. Attendees will receive the following free services and health screenings:
- Blood Sugar
- Eye Exam
- Flu and Pneumovax shots
- Foot Screening
- Pixi Heel Testing
The event is open to the public, with no reservations necessary. Free parking is available, and light refreshments will be served.
WHO: Wellness experts from UPMC Bedford Memorial and the greater community will host “Ask the Expert” sessions and provide a cooking demonstration that will teach diabetics the importance of reading food labels and counting carbs. Individuals with diabetes also will share their experiences of living with the disease and how to successfully manage glucose levels.
Experts in attendance include:
- Tammie Payne, certified diabetes educator, UPMC Bedford
- Alice Corle, registered dietitian, UPMC Bedford
- Barbara Mearkle, program assistant, Penn State Extension
WHEN: 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16
- Screening times: 7 to 11 a.m.
- Program lecture on diabetes self-management: 8 a.m.
- Cooking demonstration: 9 a.m.
WHERE: UPMC Bedford Memorial, cafeteria, 10455 Lincoln Highway, Everett, Pa., 15537
: According to a recent Community Health Needs Assessment
, diabetes is the sixth-leading cause of mortality in Bedford County. Diabetes also is associated with other leading causes of death, including heart disease, and is a major risk factor for obesity, which can be prevented through increased physical activity and a healthy diet.
UPMC Bedford has made this chronic disease a priority health issue and is focused on increasing community participation in diabetes education, prevention and management programs offered through the hospital.