Many individuals, especially African- Americans, know or have heard of someone who has died from diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is one of the seven leading causes of death in African-Americans with obesity being the most related factor in Africans-Americans with type 2 diabetes. Knowing these alarming statistics, the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program wants to help you find ways to stay healthy through the” kNOw Dia-Besity: It’s A Family Affair” conference that will be held November 9-10, 2010, on PVAMU’s campus. The Texas Department of State Health Services-Diabetes Program is one of the conference sponsors.
“Lack of knowledge can increase the already large number of persons who have diabetes coupled with being obese, which, in a lot of cases, are health issues that are controllable and preventable,” said Carolyn Perkins-Frank, health coordinator, Cooperative Extension Program.
“This conference, which is a culminating event of Cooperative Extension’s Project DEAP (Diabetes Education Awareness Prevention) will enlighten participants on obesity’s connection to diabetes, help find methods to prevent obesity, address emotional health concerns, and give detailed information on how to cope with diabetes and obesity,” said Marvin Young, Extension agent – Family and Consumer Sciences in Dallas County and conference chair.
Guest speakers include “The Kitchen Diva”, Angela Medearis, who will demonstrate new ways to whip up healthy versions of African-American meal favorites; and BiggestLoser contestant, Season 9, Cherita Andrews, who will speak on how she lost 100 pounds in seven months while balancing “work, life, family and church”. Medearis will share her meal preparations on the evening of November 9th starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension building. Registration on the 9th begins at 5:00 p.m. Conference workshops start the morning of November 10th with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Memorial Student Center.
“With the knowledge participants receive from this conference, they will lose those extra pounds, and gain the chance to better control their diabetes or remain diabetes free,” said Perkins-Frank. “Statistics found on Obesity.org state that being overweight makes it much more likely for you to develop diabetes. Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.”
“Why not change statistics and become a healthier you? Everyone is invited to join us for two days of powerful information that could add years to your life,” said Young.
Registration fee for the conference is $35, which includes conference materials and door prizes. Registration fees are waived for Prairie View A&M University students and Project DEAP participants.
Writer: Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications, Cooperative Extension Program and Jalisa Jones, Student – PVAMU