The Alberta Diabetes Foundation would like to offer free diabetes testing and counseling camp day as a part of our Halloween Howl event in Calgary. The Halloween Howl takes place on October 25, 2015 and includes a 3K and 5K fun run/walk and a chip-timed 10K competitive run. Participants are encouraged to dress up and prizes are awarded for the best costumes. This brings out an enthusiastic and diverse crowd of individuals, teams and families. Participants and their guests have many reasons to spend time before, during, and after the race at the Eau Claire Market, so exhibitors’ products and services are exposed to a targeted audience.
The testing service will be free and performed by a professional. Testing will also include questionnaire about age, height, weight and waist measurement, daily activity, diet, in particular how many fruit and vegetables person eats, if any family member has diabetes and many other questions that can be related to diabetes. If a person is at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, health professionals will advise on how to reduce someone’s chances of developing diabetes, and what should generally be one’s next step depending on their preliminary test results.
We are hoping to implement this initiative with the help of one of the local pharmacies offering diabetes testing, as there are many available in close vicinity of the event.
Who Will it Benefit?
The goal of the Alberta Diabetes Foundation Community Outreach Initiative, initiated in 2014, is to build awareness about diabetes and provide support to those individuals and their families living with diabetes. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the people with diabetes do not know that they have the disease, and this can cause severe consequences for their health like heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and blindness.
THE ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’
Diagnosing diabetes at an early stage can help reduce many symptoms, minimize damages on your body and help you control the disease much easier. We are hoping to help people understand this disease better what would in return encourage them to live healthier lifestyle.