Rep. Diaz invites public to State House to observe World Diabetes Day
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence) is inviting the public to an event at the State House on Sunday, Nov. 12, to spread awareness about the effects and prevention of diabetes.
The event, which is hosted by Rhode Island World Diabetes Day (RIWDD) and Representative Diaz, Representatives Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown), John J. Lombardi (D-Dist. 8, Providence), K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), and Healthcentric Advisors, officials from the Department of Health and other agencies, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m.
In Rhode Island, 27,000 adults may have diabetes without knowing it. Recent numbers show an additional 76,300 individuals are estimated to have diabetes. A total of 106,000 adults are estimated to have diabetes, a reduction from the previous year.
The public is invited to join others within in the community for free flu shots, free health screenings, cooking demos, music, entertainment, learning sessions, health resources, karate demonstration, buying groceries on a budget and more.
Representative Diaz said it’s important to shed light on the growing number of minority groups affected by the disease.
“As a former diabetes educator, I am aware of the struggle many of these patients go through when they are diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes,” the representative said. “I am also aware of the growing problem in our minority communities, where information about the effects of this disease may not be as accessible as it should be. I am hoping this event will change that, and give people an opportunity to learn about support opportunities and prevention.”
Later that night, the State House dome will be illuminated in blue in honor of World Diabetes Day, as well the tower of the IGT, Blue Cross Blue Shield and other buildings in down town the capital of the state.
Diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening illness that affects about 20 million Americans and more than 106,000 Rhode Islanders, according to the state Department of Health. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce hormone insulin. The more common Type 2 is defined as the body’s inability to produce or use insulin efficiently. Both types are marked by high levels of blood sugar.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on Nov. 14 in order to keep the terrible illness in the public spotlight. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903