Health and Family Services Cabinet
‘Diabetes Day at the Capitol’ Set for February
Diabetes remains one of the major public health concerns in Kentucky, where more than 376,000 people are affected by the debilitating disease.
For that reason, the Kentucky Diabetes Network (KDN) is sponsoring “Diabetes Day at the Capitol” in February to help raise awareness about the disease. The event is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 7 in Room 111 of the Capitol Annex.
Anyone who has diabetes, has an interest in diabetes or has a concern about funding allocated for diabetes services in Kentucky is encouraged to attend.
“Lowering the rate of diabetes as well as reducing other health risks associated with the disease requires knowledge and public education,” said KDN President Randy Steele. “By attending ‘Diabetes Day at the Capitol,’ we can show our concern and the need for continued support for programs that target the state’s diabetes problem.”
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), diabetes mellitus is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases in the United States. About 20.8 million Americans have diabetes, many of whom do not know they have the disease. In 2005, 1.5 million cases were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older.
DPH estimates that 376,000 adult Kentuckians have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.
“Without continued intervention and awareness efforts, these numbers will continue to increase,” said Steele.
“Diabetes Day at the Capitol” will include a welcome by Steele and information on diabetes. Health officials and stakeholders also will meet with legislators throughout the day.
Packets of information about the event will be mailed. For more information or to receive a packet, contact Deborah Fillman of the Green River District Health Department at (270) 852-5581 or by e-mail at Deborah.Fillman@grdhd.org.
For diabetes-related information, call DPH’s Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at (502) 564-7996 or visit its Web site at http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/ach/diabetes or the National Diabetes Education Program site at (www.ndep.nih.gov).