Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2013
Sen. Connie Johnson
Public invited to State Capitol to celebrate 5th annual World Diabetes
Johnson and Rep. Randy McDaniel will be joining agency and community
advocates in celebrating the 5th Annual World Diabetes Day on Thursday,
November 14, 2013. The public is invited to attend the free event,
taking place on the first floor of the State Capitol from 5:30-7:45pm,
to help raise awareness of a devastating disease that affects more
than 350 million people worldwide.
“I am excited about how far we’ve come in five years
of raising awareness and educating Oklahomans about diabetes management
and prevention,” said Johnson, D-Oklahoma County. “This
year’s event captures the spirit of commitment and participation
of a lot of people and groups who care about Oklahomans’ health
Over eight percent of the U.S. population, or nearly 26 million
people, including children, have diabetes. One in six Oklahomans
suffers from diabetes, which is the sixth leading cause of death
in the state, giving Oklahoma the fourth highest diabetes death
rate in the country.
This year’s theme is “Diabetes: Don’t Deny It;
Defy It!” The program will focus on the importance, especially
for those who are most affected, of knowing the facts about diabetes
prevention and management, and your personal numbers related to
controlling the disease; the effectiveness of story sharing in advocating
for policies that help improve diabetic and overall health outcomes;
and the importance of increasing education/awareness about diabetes
prevention and management in order to advocate for policy change.
The program will also focus on increasing youth awareness about
diabetes prevention and management as well as policy initiatives
that affect them.
“The goal of this year’s program is to empower those
who have diabetes as well as those at-risk of getting it to take
control of their lives and to move from denial to defiance,”
said McDaniel, R-Edmond. “Someone is diagnosed with diabetes
every 17 seconds and 200 people die each day from this disease.
This tragic situation can often be prevented and managed with proper
nutrition. We hope that people will attend this great event and
learn how they can help prevent this disease.”
The event will include free screenings, supplies, information and
referrals as well as prizes and promotions from various vendors.
Agency and community partners include the African American Community
Diabetes Prevention Partners, Oklahoma City/County Health, Robert
Lemon, the State Department of Health, the Midwest City Regional
Hospital Authority, the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, the JDRF, Areawide
Aging Agencies, the OSU Extension, and others, all of whom share
goals in the prevention and management of diabetes in Oklahoma.
Each year, over 1,100 monuments worldwide are lit blue in observance
of the special day.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531
Rep. McDaniel: (405) 557-7409