Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 5, 2010
Sen. Constance N. Johnson
Oklahoma to Host Global Diabetes Awareness
Hundreds of Oklahomans will join people around the world for World
Diabetes Day on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the
Oklahoma State Capitol. Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, authored
by Sen. Constance
N. Johnson and Rep. Randy McDaniel, passed during the 2010 legislative
session and designates November 14 as World Diabetes Day in Oklahoma.
This is the second year Oklahoma has participated in the event.
“We know that the root causes of the most common kind of
diabetes are many, including poverty, economic barriers to healthy
foods such as marketing snares hindering healthy food choices, poor
nutritional habits, lack of physical activity, obesity, and genetic
predispositions reinforced by years of the same behaviors,”
said Sen. Johnson, D-Oklahoma County. “On November 14 and
beyond we will explore ways to assist those living with or at-risk
of developing diabetes to manage it and/or prevent onset.”
More than 20 local and national organizations will be on hand
to offer free information and education about diabetes prevention,
management, and advocacy. A variety of breakout sessions will be
presented on eating, foot care, and vision care as well as topics
related to diabetes education and prevention. Certified Diabetes
Educators will be available during the event to answer questions
from attendees. Screenings will also be provided for obstructive
sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that affects many with diabetes.
“Diabetes is a growing crisis especially in Oklahoma where
one in ten citizens suffers from the disease. One of our greatest
responsibilities as public officials is to help protect and improve
the health of our citizens, and that’s why this event is so
important,” said Rep. McDaniel, R-Edmond. “I hope citizens
will take advantage of all the resources that will be available
at this event. By educating ourselves, we can help stop this disease.”
In 2009, Oklahomans spent $1.86 billion in diabetes related care.
Diabetes is the leading cause of heart attacks, strokes, amputations,
blindness, kidney failure, and fetal mortality.
During the event, various individuals with diabetes will be sharing
their personal stories. Guests can get free glucose monitors along
with training, blood pressure and glucose screenings, and referrals.
Participants are asked to enter through the west door of the State
Capitol Building and proceed to the fourth floor rotunda. Vendor
opportunities are still available.
In 2008, over 1,000 prominent monuments were lit in blue in recognition
of World Diabetes Day. In order to raise awareness about the importance
of diabetes prevention and management, the Oklahoma State Capitol
dome will be lit blue on the day of the event.
For more information about the event or how to become a vendor
please contact Jeton Woody at (405) 942-8500, ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Deborah Brown at (405) 425-4422, or email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531