Feria de Salud October 13th!



Diabetes affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States – more than 1.7 million here in Texas.  It is the sixth leading cause of death in Texas; though it is the fourth leading cause among Hispanics and African Americans . If current trends continue, one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Approximately 79 million Americans live with pre diabetes and are at very high risk to develop the chronic disease.

Feria de Salud is the Latino/Hispanic outreach program for the American Diabetes Association in Houston. Feria de Salud is an outdoor community event intended to reach thousands with the important message that they may be at risk for diabetes. The event is set for Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Mason Park, 7601 Tipps St @ S. 75th Street. The hours are 8 a.m. until noon.Organizers expect a crowd of 3,500.

Since its inception in 2004, the ADA’s  Por tu Familia program and its major component Feria de Salud, have touched thousands of lives in the Hispanic community, where residents are often at lower economic incomes. Diabetes strikes nearly 1 in 4 Hispanic adults between the ages of 45 and 74 living in the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is being diagnosed in an epidemic number of Hispanic children. The increases are blamed in part on poor nutrition choices and lack of exercise.

Feria showcases a spectrum of education classes, health services, diabetes care products, screenings and health education information. Screeners will be on site to conduct free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, foot exams (diabetes neuropathy) and vision tests. Childhood immunizations will also be offered free of charge if parents bring immunization records.

The health fair also promotes the importance of making healthy choices in foods that are traditional and common in Hispanic meals. It is also designed to raise awareness of personal health issues and how they impact the quality of life.  The community climate created is a family-oriented fiesta environment. The event is free to the public.

In 2007, the total cost for diabetes to our nation’s health care system was $218 billion dollars.  Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, heart attack stroke and amputations.

For more information:

Carole Lieber clieber@diabetes.org


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