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OLBH Sponsoring Inaugural Diabetes Walk Oct. 6

The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center will sponsor the inaugural Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Big Sandy Walk to Cure Diabetes Saturday, Oct. 6 at Ashland’s Central Park with registration at 11 a.m. and the walk beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The goal of the Kentucky Chapter of JDRF is to raise more than $50,000 from the Big Sandy Walk for research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. The Big Sandy Walk will feature a kid’s tent, inflatables and other entertainment. A post-walk lunch will be served. The walk’s course will be approximately two miles in length.
JDRF walks take place in more than 200 cities nationwide. In 2010, 500,000 individuals participated in JDRF walks and raised more than $90 million for diabetes research. JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research.

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. It is estimated that nearly one-third of the people with diabetes do not know that they have the disease. An estimated 79 million adults are estimated to have pre-diabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing the disease. During the past 40 years, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research, including more than $107 million in FY2010.

The diabetes services program of the OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center are designed to help individuals with diabetes develop and practice the self-management skills that will improve their health status and quality of life and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. Services include education/counseling support for adults and children with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and gestational diabetes as well as treatment of diabetes- related wounds. Patients receive follow-up at three, six, nine, and 12 months.

To register and participate in the walk, to become a sponsor of the event, or for more information, please call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

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