Joseph N. Edwards, the associate director for diversity outreach for the American Diabetes Association, told participants about "Diabetes 101," the basics of the disease and what ignoring the disease might cost.
|The auditorium at St. Rose of Lima Church was filled on Saturday, November 11 with residents concerned with their health, as a consortium of local hospitals and private health care agencies discussed the wide range of problems that come with diabetes. Dr. Obiora Anyoku, an attending in internal medicine at St. John's Episcopal Hospital spoke about diabetes prevention and management. Many of the booths available to participants were hosted by private healthcare providers. This booth was manned by experts from www.betterlivingnow.com. The program was sponsored by The American Diabetes Association, Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center, Peninsula Hospital Center, New York City Housing Authority, the Sixth Congressional District Health Advisory Group (Congressman Gregory Meeks) and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Ephraim McClean represented SMK Pharmacy and Surgical Supplies on Beach 87 Street. The new pharmacy sells diabetes supplies and fitted footwear for those with a diabetic foot problem. A Peninsula Hospital Center nurse who runs the hospital diabetes outreach speaks with a participant. An elderly gentleman with a diabetes problem speaks with experts from St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. Barbara Wrynn, from the North Shore/LIJ Health System spoke about "The Road to Healthy Kidneys." Students from the Far Rockaway High School medical program assisted during the day. Joseph Edwards from the American Diabetes Association and nurse Emma Hopkins from the Visiting Nurse Service provide some diabetes information to a participant. One of the more popular demonstration during the day was "Eating with Type 2 Diabetes," provided by Stephanie Cordaro, a registered dietician. Health food was provided to all participants at lunchtime. |