Wailuku, Hawaii (November 3, 2017) – Maui Health System is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Diabetes Day – a community health fair to celebrate World Diabetes Day – on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The event will include informational booths, entertainment, prizes and feature guest speakers from the Maui medical community lending their expertise on diabetes prevention and management. Event schedule is as follows:
4 to 5 p.m. Maui Memorial Medical Center Courtyard
- Informational booths featuring various health and wellness organizations
- Low-impact exercise and hula demonstrations
- Complimentary refreshments
- Enter-to-win prize drawings
5 to 6:30 p.m. Maui Memorial Medical Center Auditorium
- Dr. Mehtap Berkmen, Endocrinologist (Kaiser Permanente Hawaii)
- Marny Hall-Moriyasu, DNP, RN, BC-ADM, Nurse Manager (Maui Memorial Medical Center)
- Karen Robbins Ph.D., R.D., C.D.E., FSHN Lecturer (University of Hawaii Maui Campus)
Complimentary valet parking will also be offered.
The American Diabetes Association reports one in nine people (approximately 155,000) in Hawaii have diabetes and another 460,000 have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Ninety percent of those at risk don't know they are prediabetic.
"Education is critical to preventing type 2 diabetes and the only way we can fight this epidemic," said Jolly Uclaray, Maui Memorial Medical Center diabetes educator. "So, we are thankful for all the participating organizations who, like Maui Health System, work hard to keep our community healthy through events like these."
In addition to the annual community event, Maui Health System also offers free monthly classes that are open to the public. The Diabetes Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Maui Memorial Medical Center and provides education, skills and other resources to diabetes patients and their families. Each meeting focuses on a different topic and special guest speakers provide specialized expertise on daily management and ways to prevent diabetes. For more information on Diabetes Support Group, visit the Maui Memorial Medical Center Facebook page under the Events tab.
About Maui Health System
Maui Health System, community hospitals and associated clinics, affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lāna'i Community Hospital, and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lāna'i. The facilities under Maui Health System are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health System is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health System is supported by Kaiser Permanente's industry-leading technology systems, evidence-based medicine and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, go to mauihealthsystem.org.