Health and Family Services Cabinet
‘Diabetes Day at the Capitol’ Set for February 21
Event designed to raise awareness, garner support for services
Kentucky’s diabetes experts, educators and advocates are taking their concerns to the Capitol to share information and encourage better prevention and awareness of one of the state’s biggest health concerns.
“Diabetes Day at the Capitol” will start at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Room 111 of the Capitol Annex. The event will allow health officials to meet with lawmakers to discuss the dangers of diabetes. The event will be sponsored by the Kentucky Diabetes Network and the American Diabetes Association.
“Awareness – on the part of health care providers, lawmakers and the general public – is key in preventing diabetes,” said William Hacker, M.D., Health and Family Services’ acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. “Each day, more Americans are being diagnosed with this terrible disease and it’s taking a toll on American quality of life and health care costs.”
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), diabetes mellitus is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. About 20.8 million Americans have diabetes, many of whom do not know they have the disease. Each year, approximately 1.3 million Americans 20 years old or older are diagnosed with diabetes.
DPH estimates that 376,000 adult Kentuckians have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.
For more information about Diabetes Day at the Capitol or to receive a packet of information about the event, contact Deborah Fillman of the Green River District Health Department at (270) 852-5581 or by e-mail at Deborah.Fillman@ky.gov. To register for the event, visit www.kentuckydiabetes.net.
For diabetes-related information, call DPH’s Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at (502) 564-7996 or visit its Web site at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/ach/diabetes or the National Diabetes Education Program site at www.ndep.nih.gov.