Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Elderly Services Center Hosts World Diabetes Day

By Richard D. Ackley, Jr.
Community members gathered at the Elderly Services Center last Thursday to participate in a series of educational programs hosted by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC).

The event was held in conjunction with World Diabetes Day and centered on offering education about diabetes. Activities included a healthy lunch, Spin the Wheel question-and-answer games and Exercise Bingo. Participants were able to win a host of holiday gifts and were involved in a variety of learning activities and discussions about heart disease and diabetes prevention.

Terri Kolb, SNAP-Ed Program Director, and Cheri Nemec, WIC Program Director, both with GLITC, offered a series of ways to become healthy through maintaining a healthy diet along with demonstrations involving daily exercise tips.
Jamie Bauknecht, Mole Lake Elderly Services Director and event organizer, stated, “We had a nice turnout for this event. I want to say thank you to Terri Kolb and Cheri Nemec for helping us make this a success. I am looking forward to working with Teri, Cheri and other GLITC representatives in bringing different educational programs to the Mole Lake community.”

World Diabetes Day is recognized every year on November 14th, and was first created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization. Diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, if any at all.

Diabetes also leads to serious health conditions that in many ways may be preventable. A primary reason for the establishment of this day is to recognize the impact that diabetes has on human health worldwide, and further spread increased awareness and education.