SHELBYVILLE, IL, – The 2012 Shelby County Community Health Needs Assessment, a study done by Shelby Memorial Hospital (SMH), notes that diabetes affects approximately 1,790 of our county’s population, making it a considerable health risk. Now is the time to have a conversation about the seriousness of this disease and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.
SMH Girls Night Out is using this opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its complications. Girls Night Out (GNO) will be held on Tuesday, October 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center, off of east route 16 just east of the main dam. Please use the west exit. All women in the community are invited to attend.
According to the National Diabetes Association, diabetes is on the rise and experts warn that 1 of every 3 Americans will be diagnosed by 2050. If left untreated, diabetes is a leading contributor to heart disease, kidney failure and adult blindness. The overall risk for death among people with diabetes is about double that of people who are unaffected.
Guest speakers, Regina Calvert, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.E.; and Adrienne Jarrell, Registered Dietitian, M.S., C.D.E., both of SMH, will be our featured speakers for the evening. Calvert and Jarrell will debunk myths, explain symptoms, and state facts in this free health presentation. As a bonus, they will cook a delicious and healthy food dish in a lively demonstration.
Calvert commented, “The good news is that with a healthy diet and exercise, diabetes can be delayed, prevented or controlled. Of course, maintaining a healthy weight is vital.”
Special guest speaker, Jim Wemple will share his personal journey with diabetes, and how it took him on a pathway to a healthier lifestyle. Wemple was diagnosed with diabetes last year after a routine company physical. He had lost his father due to complications from diabetes and was determined to get his health back on track. He and his wife, Linda, met with Adrienne Jarrell for a consultation and revamped their diets. After committing to an exercise plan every night after work and eating healthier, he has already lost more than 80 pounds in the last year. He is insulin free and determined to remain healthy.
In addition to the presentation, Shelby Home Equipment will have on display a selection of shoes which are made for diabetics. With a doctor’s order, these shoes are covered by Medicare or insurance.
All attendees are also invited to the special Glucose Clinic provided in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department. You may get a free glucose screening on the first three Fridays in November from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Shelby Memorial Hospital. Please fast before your screening.
As with every GNO, there will be a healthy snack provided and a chance to win a raffle for a free gift bag to one lucky participant.
In addition to the October 29 GNO focused on diabetes, SMH hosts a Diabetes Support Group, which takes place at a new time, 12:15 -1:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the SMH Wildflower Cafe. The support group is free and open to the public. Join others in the community affected by diabetes for an informal discussion, a lesson packed with tips on healthy living and informative topics presented by Regina Calvert, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.E. of SMH and various guest speakers on living with diabetes subjects. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, please contact Regina Calvert at Shelby Memorial Hospital at 217-774-3196, ext. 2740.