Following the success of the ‘Get On Track’ Expos in the last couple of years, ACE Diabetes is set to launch ‘Mission Possible: Diabetes Down’ with a focus on prevention and management through healthy lifestyle choices.
This free event will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00am to 2:00pm (World Diabetes Day) at the New Providence Community Center on Blake Road.
Online registration for the Expo is encouraged, with a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime phone provided by BTC – the drawing is only open to online registrants and early bird attendees.
The event brings together a variety of experts and organizations within the community to present information on healthy living and wellness as wells as diabetes-related products and services.
There will be many fun games, plus free health screenings, including mini medical eye exams for glaucoma, cataracts, and other elements of diabetic eye disease. Also dental checks, and loads of prizes and giveaways throughout the expo.
At the end of the expo a grand raffle will be held and one lucky winner will receive an all-inclusive 3-day, 2-night stay at ANY Sandals resort.
“It isn’t just about diabetes,” said Anita Cates, a registered nurse, co-founder of ACE Diabetes and organizer of the Mission Possible Health Expo.
“The aim of this expo is to increase awareness about chronic illness and to help the community make better, healthier lifestyle choices. We want people to have fun as they talk with the experts and explore the wealth of resources and demonstrations.”
This year’s Expo highlights include the popular cooking demonstration by Chef Jacques Carlino of Blue Sail who will be preparing healthy and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Club One will get the crowd moving with an energetic fitness and dance routine. In the greenhouse, Field to Fork Community Farm will take attendees back to their healthier cultural roots with a workshop on ‘Backyard Farming’. Field To Fork will also be presenting their craft-brewed/fermented beverages (ginger beer, turmeric tonic and kombuchas).
Attendees are invited to bring all their questions about diabetes, wellness and healthy living to the “Ask The Experts” session featuring Dr. Charles Diggiss, Chief Medical Officer of Doctors Hospital, and Dr. Janine Sanchez, Director of Pediatric Diabetes at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez will be addressing questions on diabetes in children and teenagers. Parents and young people are encouraged to attend and discuss with her their concerns about early warning signs, treatment and lifestyle.
ACE Diabetes was established in 2012 to address the overwhelming need for diabetes awareness, prevention and management in The Bahamas. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, stroke and heart disease, as well as severe forms of nerve diseases, dental problems, increased risk of infection, and complications in pregnancy.
Health care experts and staticians have estimated that approximately 50 percent of Bahamians live with Diabetes or some other chronic illness.
“The good news is that there are now more options then ever for management, prevention and healthy living,” said Dr. Graham Cates, president of ACE Diabetes. “We look forward to showing you how a healthier life is MISSION POSSIBLE!”
This event is made possible with the help of all the generous sponsors and contributors, with special thanks to major sponsors: Diabetes Education Network; Family Medicine Center; The Lyford Cay Club; BTC; Albany Resort; BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Ltd.; Accu-Chek; and Atlantic Medical.
The ‘Mission Possible: Diabetes Down’ expo is free and open to the public. It will be held on Saturday November 14th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at The New Providence Community Centre on Blake Road.
See the schedule of activities, view photos from previous years or call 702-9310 for more information.