November was National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diabetes Program held its annual Diabetes Health Fair on the evening of November 12 at the Community Building.
Diabetes is a disease that is common among Native American communities, and the likelihood of knowing someone with the disease is extremely high. The Diabetes Program, along with other programs and organizations, gathered at the event in the hopes of educating people about this disease, which claims so many close to us. The event served many purposes, including diabetes education, health screenings, exercise demonstrations and healthy-food tastings.
Those who attended had a chance to fill up on healthy snacks provided by the Round House Café. Informational booths were set up by the Huhugam Ki Museum, SRPMIC Health and Human Services, the Dialysis Program, Youth Services and the WIC program.
Some programs provided a service for guests; for example, the Salt River Clinic staff offered flu shots. Staff of the Salt River Fitness Center were on hand with a body-composition analyzer, which calculates weight, body mass index and body-fat percentage. They also provided demonstrations on simple exercise routines. The Salt River Fire Department provided information on fire safety through the holiday season.
The event also offered guests a chance to watch or participate in fun exercise activities such as Toka and Zumba.
For more information about treating or preventing diabetes, please call Roberta Johnston at (480) 362-7342. If you would like to schedule a flu shot, please call Belinda Nelson at (480) 362-5652