According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes. The Long Beach community has a high prevalence of diabetes – as high as 24 percent in some areas. In an effort to raise awareness for diabetes, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach joined forces to host the 3rd Annual Diabetes Family Festival & Car Show on Sunday, Nov. 6.
“It is important that the community knows about the resources available to help both manage and prevent diabetes,” says Linda Kerr, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CDE, director, Diabetes Program, Long Beach Memorial. “There are a lot of misconceptions about diabetes and the people it affects,”
Community members of all ages arrived to the Diabetes Family Festival to learn about diabetes prevention and management from experts at Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach. Guests visited various diabetes-related vendor booths and resource tables to gather information about diabetes, nutrition and physical activity.
In addition to the resources available at the Diabetes Family Festival, attendants were treated to a classic car show, live music, free raffles, family friendly activities and a variety of delicious food truck options. Hospital staff kept everybody engaged by providing instructional yoga and stretching breaks throughout the day.
The event served as the perfect way to kick-off National Diabetes Awareness Month, which runs throughout November.