The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center will host a free event featuring foot screenings and health information in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month. The diabetes awareness event presented with community partners will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive, Russell) on the OLBH campus.
The event will include free foot exams conducted by the center’s staff. Also included will be meal planning and nutritional information for those on a diabetic diet by OLBH’s dietician as well as demonstrations of chair yoga by representatives of the Ashland Boyd County Health Department. Staff from Firm Fitness at Bellefonte Pavilion will provide exercise guidance while OLBH’s certified diabetes educators will be present to answer questions from event attendees.
The event will also feature other agencies that offer diabetes or diabetes-support services in the community. Participants include King’s Daughters Medical Center’s Center for Healthy Living, the Greenup County Health Department, the Lawrence County Health Department (Ohio), the Greenup County Extension Office, NovoNordisk, Medtronic and Dexcom. Light refreshments will be served.
The diabetes services 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. The center’s wound services include advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
The OLBH Diabetes & Wound Care Center is located on the ground level of Bellefonte Centre and can be reached at (606) 833-4043. For information on the Nov. 7 awareness event call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).