Rotary Club of West Polk County
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At the March 28th, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of West Polk County, Dr. June Johnson and Daphne Dickens of the American Diabetes Association educated those in attendance about their organization and the disease they want to see eliminated.

Information was shared that suggests statistically, Type I and Type II Diabetes is a growing issue in our nation and our state.  Rising obesity rates fuel the issue and there is misinformation about how to deal with the growing problem.  The American Diabetes Association addresses the issue in many ways.  Two that stood out include their efforts in advocacy and education.  Through these efforts they hope to inform policy makers so that efforts made at the government level are effective.  They also hope to better educate the general public, the healthcare industry, and other impacted by the disease in order to increase awareness.  These efforts, along with support for ongoing research and development, can help mitigate the onset and impact of diabetes in the future.

Thre are several ways to get involved in the efforts here locally.  One of the well known fundraising/awareness events the local chapter organizes in the annual Tour de Cure, which is a bike ride that raises funds to assist in the cause.  In addition to the Tour de Cure, they are also organizing Brewery Bike Rides, activities that are popular and fun, but still raise awareness and much needed funds for the cause.

The Rotary Club of West Polk Count thank Dr. Johnson and Ms. Dickens for their informative presentation.  Learn more about their work at www.diabetes.org