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Crossroads Diabetes Expo to offer health information, resources

Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.

DeAnna Alvarez, program manager for Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region.

Diabetes is an ongoing and growing cause for concern in the Crossroads area.

According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 10,000 people in Victoria County have diabetes, with one in three not knowing it. Because of this, the Victoria Regional Health Alliance is hosting the Crossroads Diabetes Expo.

The Expo will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Victoria College Student Center on the VC Main Campus.

"The Crossroads Diabetes Expo is a public event that will not only put diabetics and their caregivers in touch with area resources but also provide free screenings," said DeAnna Alvarez, program manager for Texas AHEC East-Victoria Region.

A schedule of educational sessions designed to deliver necessary information about lifestyle changes and disease self-management will also be offered. Topics such as carbohydrate counting, medication management, exercise, behavior modification and issues of children with diabetes will be addressed by professionals in fields of medicine, nutrition, endocrinology, nursing and diabetes self-care.

The cost to attend is $3 per person in advance and $5 at the door. The fee includes attendance to the conference, a breakfast snack and a luncheon featuring motivational speaker Nate Lytle. No one will be refused entry because of inability to pay.

Health care providers and diabetic educators will also have the opportunity to gain continuing education credits by attending the provider seminar.

In conjunction with the Expo, the VRHA and DeTar Healthcare System will host an Effective Teaching Strategies for Diabetes Education provider seminar from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration fee is $40 or $45 at the door and includes lunch. The seminar will be in Room 131 of the Health Sciences Center on the VC Main Campus.

The presenter will be Carol A. Rice, professor and health specialist, regents fellow with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station.

The seminar will focus on interventions in diabetes education by addressing educational strategies in an effort to establish a quality self-management program for the patient/client.

Following the seminar, participants will be able to list two tactics they will use to improve teaching skills.

For more information on the Expo, contact Alvarez at 361-485-6814.

The seminar will provide 2.41 contact hours for nurses. For more information on this seminar, contact the DeTar Education Department at 361-788-6135.

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