Annual South Campus Diabetes Fair

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month?  Did you know that in 2015, 30.3 million Americans (9.4 percent of the population) had diabetes and that 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had pre-diabetes?  Every year there are 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes. This means that you know someone who is diabetic or pre-diabetic.

We will all be impacted by diabetes in some way- either with a personal medical diagnosis or through those we know and care about. So, rather than do nothing, the San Jacinto College South Campus employees have made it a priority to educate our employees, students and community about all of the different aspects of diabetes. Regardless if you or a loved one having diabetes, the San Jacinto College South Campus Diabetes Health Fair has served as a great resource for information. More than 15 different stations provided information on diabetes: eye and glaucoma checks provided by the San Jacinto College Central Campus eye care technology department; glucose screening provided by our nursing students; blood pressure screening provided by our licensed vocational nursing students; information on the various types of diabetes and medicines available provided by our pharmacy technology students; information about the link between personal fitness and diabetes through our personal trainer program; skin, hand and nail care provided by our cosmetology nail technician program students; information on employee health care benefits from Blue Cross Blue Shield; and language translation services provided by the International Student Organization were all part of the various learning opportunities more than 350 participants experienced at the 2017 Diabetes Health Fair. Thank you to all of those who made the annual Diabetes Health Fair another successful event.