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VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 25, 2016 – During the month of November, the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties – which comprise the Florida Hospital East Florida Region – will celebrate American Diabetes Month® to bring attention to this disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.
- 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes today.
- Every 23 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
- 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes.
- Diabetes causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
Here are the upcoming diabetes awareness events, hosted by the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties in November:
On Nov. 8 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., join Florida Hospital Flagler for a complimentary breakfast and seminar featuring internal medicine physician Dr. Haroldo Melo. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue in support of diabetes awareness and will learn about the signs, symptoms and prevention of diabetes. Guests will also hear from a local couple, Laura and John Gilvary, as they discuss their personal experience with diabetes. This event will be in the Florida Hospital Flagler Education Center, 60 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Palm Coast. Refreshments will be served and space is limited. To RSVP, call (866) 328-6417.
On Nov. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m., join Florida Hospital DeLand at the DeLand Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand, for a free diabetes health fair and seminar. The Florida Hospital DeLand diabetes team will be on site, as well as vendors and exhibitors that help those living with diabetes. Additionally, there will be 10-minute exercise sessions throughout the event and guest speakers Cindy Brummit who will discuss “Celebrating 50 Years with Diabetes” and registered dietician and physician assistant Suzanne Villalobos will address “Managing Diabetes & Building A Care Team.” To RSVP, call (386) 943-3151
On Nov. 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., join Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center for a free breakfast and seminar featuring internal medicine physician Dr. George Ehringer. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue in support of diabetes awareness and will learn about the signs, symptoms and prevention of diabetes. This event will be in the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center medical office building, classroom C, 305 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Daytona Beach. Space is limited. To RSVP, call (386) 231-2229.
On Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m., join Florida Hospital New Smyrna for a free diabetes education event featuring internal medicine physician Dr. Leslie Lee and healthy cooking demonstration with take home recipe cards. This event will be in the Florida Hospital New Smyrna Schildecker Lobby, 401 Palmetto Street, New Smyrna Beach. To RSVP, call (386) 424-6550.
On Nov. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m., join Florida Hospital Fish Memorial for a community garden groundbreaking and farm-to-table celebration. Designed by students from the University of Florida landscape architectural department, and in collaboration with Volusia County University of Florida Agricultural Extension office, this community garden on Florida Hospital Fish Memorial’s campus will be available to employees, community members, and local schools. During the opening celebration, attendees will have the opportunity to visit the hospital’s diabetes garden cart, staffed by a diabetes educator and complete with diabetes education and menu suggestions. Additionally, participants will enjoy free diabetes-friendly food samples and will learn how nature’s nutrition can help manage Type 2 Diabetes. The event will also feature LaManda Joy, an award-winning master gardener and the founder and executive director of the Peterson Garden Project, an organization that manages seven community gardens and nearly 3,000 gardeners in Chicago, Illinois. Joy will share her inspiring story of building a healthy community while guests enjoy live music, gift drawings and farm-to-table refreshments. This event will be outdoors on the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial campus at 1055 Saxon Blvd., Orange City. Attendees are asked to park in the green, #5 parking lot for Volusia Medical Center.
About Florida Hospital East Florida Region
A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 907 beds and more than 6,000 employees. The Florida Hospital East Florida Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach. In April 2016, the sixth facility was added to the Florida Hospital East Florida Region family: Florida Hospital New Smyrna (formerly Bert Fish Medical Center) in New Smyrna Beach.