By: Pam Doebbeling, RN
As part of the Tri-County Health Care Diabetes Education team since 2007, I have seen many changes in diabetes from treatment to the sheer number of people diabetes. Today, 29 million Americans have diabetes, and those numbers are only increasing.
I feel diabetes is a disease that has or will touch almost everyone at some time in their life, thru family members or friends.
It is a disease that involves participation and lifestyle changes to help control. These seem to be the biggest benefits and the biggest drawbacks. Change is hard.
Thru the American Diabetes Association (ADA), we are able to “Step Out” and make more people aware of diabetes. This past May we hosted our first ever diabetes walk. We had a group of people participate on a cold Saturday morning in May at Sunnybrook Park. Many local Wadena businesses participated along with Novo Nordisk, Lilly, and Bayer. Not only did we have fun and support each other while out getting some exercise, but we raised $1,000 for the American Diabetes Association!
At Tri County we are proud to have “stepped out” for diabetes as an awareness event.
Look for an announcement coming soon about our date for 2017! We will be having vendor displays, a beautiful walk around the park, and the opportunity to raise money, plus awareness for diabetes.
Get on your walking shoes and join us in supporting this important cause!
About the Author: Pam Doebbeling, RN, has been at TCHC for 23 years. She’s been a part of the diabetes education team for nine years. She lives in Verndale and has two grown children and five grandchildren, and one cranky cat! She’s also part of the Wellness Committee and is in charge of the monthly Diabetes Support Group. To learn more about that group and the various monthly topics, click here: http://www.tchc.org/education-and-resources/event-listing/diabetes-support-group.