UNF to Host Community Diabetes Health Fairs
During the next month, the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida will host two grocery-store based diabetes health fairs in two of Jacksonville's high-risk population communities.
The health fairs are being made possible by a $9,000 donation from The Atena Foundation to the UNF Department of Nutrition and Dietetics last fall. The emphasis of the fairs will be to screen for diabetes, improve health literacy and promote diabetes management in high-risk populations.
The first health fair will be held on Friday, Jan. 29, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Winn Dixie, located at 777 Market Street, while the second fair will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Winn Dixie located on 2261 West Edgewood Avenue. UNF nutrition students will be performing diabetes screenings, grocery store tours, food demos and diet instructions for the community.
Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of metabolism characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 23.6 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes.
In 2006, the United States spent an estimated $22.9 billion on direct medical care of diabetes and its complications. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed and effectively managed through proper nutrition and regular exercise. Choosing a healthy lifestyle, knowing how to seek medical care and taking advantage of preventive measures require that people understand and use health information.