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Letter: Many assisted with diabetes awareness event

By Casey Borgen, Community Wellness Partners, Diabetes Prevention & Health Systems Project Lead, Nobles County Community Services

Community Wellness Partners would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed in the planning, organizing, volunteering and contributing items for the Diabetes Awareness Expos that occurred Saturday, Nov. 4 at Jackson Sunshine Foods, Windom Hy-Vee, and Worthington Hy-Vee. The events were organized in honor of National Diabetes Month by the combined efforts of 15 community organizations with the goal of raising awareness of diabetes and type 2 diabetes prevention.  

At each grocery location, families and individuals were given an opportunity to participate in food and exercise demonstrations, educational activities, and learn about available resources and upcoming educational events in our local communities. The American Diabetes Association Risk Test was also distributed to help identify those at risk for type 2 diabetes; local health and wellness professionals were also present to answer individual questions from shoppers.  

Contributing Sponsors for the expos were ACE of Nobles County, Anytime Fitness, Jackson Sunshine Foods, Lewis Family Drug, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Nobles County, Open Door Health Center, Prairie Rehab & Fitness, River Valley Fitness, Sanford Jackson & Worthington, Southern Prairie Community Care, University of Minnesota Extension, Windom Area Health & Fitness, Windom Area Hospital, Windom Hy-Vee, Worthington Hy-Vee, River City Eatery and the YMCA. The events were funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and an additional one in three individuals are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  If you were unable to attend the event but would like more information, please visit the following links:

Through Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services and Nobles County Community Services, Community Wellness Partners addresses health prevention initiatives within Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles Counties. The Community Wellness Partners team builds partnerships to prevent and better manage obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, with a primary focus on eliminating health disparities, or the social factors and conditions that create difference in health conditions. Visit dvhhs.org or co.nobles.mn.us to learn more.to learn more.

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