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Free Southern California Diabetes Prevention Programs Symposium Sept. 20, 2013

Free Southern California Diabetes Prevention Programs Symposium Sept. 20, 2013
PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND FREE "SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS SYMPOSIUM" SEPT. 20, 2013

PASADENA, Calif.--The public is invited to attend the inaugural "Southern California Diabetes Prevention Programs Symposium" co-sponsored by the Pasadena Public Health Department.  This important symposium will explore methods to effectively prevent Type 2 Diabetes. The symposium will be held from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Friday, September 20, 2013 on the 2nd floor of the Aquatics Center at Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340.  

For more information on this event, contact (626) 744-6146 or register for FREE registration http://socaldppsymposium-es2.eventbrite.com.

 Sponsors of this event also include the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, California State University, Northridge – Department of Kinesiology and the American Diabetes Association – Los Angeles.  

The Symposium will bring together researchers, clinicians, community advocates and policymakers to discuss the most current evidence on diabetes prevention and how to translate this information into real-world practice. The discussion will be based on research results from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a landmark, National Institutes of Health-funded trial. Panelists will also discuss how to better address populations at highest risk and how to increase community awareness about current DPP’s operating in Los Angeles County.  

 “Diabetes is a serious health issue that needs to be addressed,” said Pasadena Health Dept. Director Dr. Eric Walsh,  the City's Health Officer. "The good news is you can prevent or delay diabetes if you lose 5 percent to 7 percent of your body weight and get 150 minutes of physical activity a week." 

 According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes including half of those who are 65 or older, yet only seven percent of them are aware of their condition. Nearly 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, with 2 million new cases each year. The CDC estimates that by 2050, one-third of Americans could develop diabetes. The current annual economic cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $245 billion. 

 Protect. Promote. Live Well. For more than 120 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has worked to promote and protect the health of the Pasadena community. 

 For more information about the City of Pasadena, visit www.cityofpasadena.net.  Follow the City on Twitter @PasadenaGov.  

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Posted: 9/17/2013 09:00:00 AM