HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center will host a free Diabetes Wellness Fair on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Holyoke YMCA, located at 171 Pine St. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by Abbott, Abbott Nutrition, Dexcom, and Novo Nordisk.
“Holyoke Medical Center is dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve, and this event aims to support those with diabetes who want a more balanced, healthy life. Guests can learn about household-wide lifestyle changes to help prevent or manage this chronic disease,” said Lisa Wray Schechterle, director of Community Benefits at Holyoke Medical Center. “Living with diabetes can be challenging, but with a team-based approach that addresses the whole body, Holyoke Medical Center is here to help and be a part of your journey.”
Registered dietitians from the hospital will have food samples and recipes to share, prepared by Holyoke Community College culinary students. The Greater Holyoke YMCA will demonstrate how to incorporate exercise into a daily routine. Guests can learn about Holyoke Medical Center’s specialties available to support diabetes care.
The Diabetes Wellness Fair will also offer free blood-pressure screenings, a type-2 diabetes risk test questionnaire, raffles, and more. Children’s activities, including a bounce house, will be offered as well.
Pharmacists will be on hand to discuss medications available to treat diabetes. Private consultations with the pharmacists for those with more in-depth questions about medications and how to manage their diabetes will also be available.