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On Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a family fun day at Famdamily’s Restaurant, 1227 Great Falls Highway. Hair chalking, face painting, a dunking booth, children’s karaoke, diabetes testing and arts and crafts are just some of activities planned for the event.
Community leaders will be doing time for diabetes in a lockup from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Diabetes Education Clinic of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Health Services to provide education and testing materials to people with and at risk for diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States – about 8.3 percent of the population – have diabetes. It is estimated that 9.2 percent of adults in Lancaster County suffer from diabetes.
Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of adult blindness, non-traumatic lower limb amputations and a leading cause of kidney failure. Diabetes is also the ninth leading cause of death in Lancaster County.
As the sole American Diabetes Association certified program in the area, the Diabetes Education Clinic of USCL Health Services seeks to educate people with diabetes and their loved ones about what can be done to prevent complications and to help improve their quality of life.
By providing education about proper nutrition, signs and symptoms associated with the disease, and glucose testing, the clinic is making a difference in the lives of people with diabetes.
“Fortunately, diabetes is a disease that can be affected by our actions.,” said Lori Moseley, program manager of the Diabetes Education Clinic. “With diabetes, knowledge is power.”
Funded in part by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, the Diabetes Education Clinic became a part of USCL Health Services in 2005. Not only does the clinic serve as a vehicle for diabetes education for people with diabetes, family members and friends are encouraged to participate in various programs throughout the year, such as the monthly diabetes support group meetings, free blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring and diabetes camps for children.
USCL health-care students also have an opportunity to gain clinical knowledge in the outpatient setting.
The Diabetes Education Clinic would like to thank the members of the Jimmy Taylor Sr. family and Famdamily’s for sponsoring this event. For details about the services offered at the Diabetes Education Clinic, call (803) 313-7450 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.