SF Community HealthCorps and St. Anthony's Medical Clinic help to combat diabetes through St. Anthony's Annual Diabetes Day Event

The American Diabetes Association has estimated that around “25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes”[1]. However, around a third of these individuals – or nearly 7 million individuals – do not know that they have diabetes[2].

In light of these alarming statistics, St. Anthony Medical Clinic has held an annual Diabetes Day every November since 2004 to help educate, screen, and inform the Tenderloin community about diabetes. This year, SFCCC’s Americorps members spent an afternoon volunteering and helping with the event.

Americorps members were assigned to help with various tasks. Some checked event attendees’ weight, height, and random blood sugars. Others helped with patient education, letting patients know what lifestyle changes they could make to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. Still others were involved with putting on workshops and demonstrations during the event; they prepared food for the cooking demonstration and helped to lead exercises during the fitness workshop.

Bradford, Mona, and Damond busily check participants’ blood sugars. Those with high blood sugars were sent to another station to receive advice on how to lower their blood sugars through changes in diet and exercise.  

Bradford, Mona, and Damond busily check participants’ blood sugars. Those with high blood sugars were sent to another station to receive advice on how to lower their blood sugars through changes in diet and exercise.  

Kyle, Regina, and Zoe man the Diabetes education booth. They taught participants about what Diabetes was.

Kyle, Regina, and Zoe man the Diabetes education booth. They taught participants about what Diabetes was.

Get your move on!: Angela and Hytham lead participants in an exciting aerobic fitness routine. Event goers also had the opportunity to participate in low-impact, seated exercises.

Get your move on!: Angela and Hytham lead participants in an exciting aerobic fitness routine. Event goers also had the opportunity to participate in low-impact, seated exercises.

Kyle, Elizabeth and Damond doing height, weight and BMI screenings - and having fun doing them! 

Kyle, Elizabeth and Damond doing height, weight and BMI screenings - and having fun doing them! 

There were many attendee's to make for a successful event! 

There were many attendee's to make for a successful event! 

Diabetes day was a great event. I helped take random blood sugar levels, and even though a needle prick is not the most pleasant experience, it was amazing to see how people were willing to take greater control of their well-being if provided with the resources to do so. I am grateful to have been a part of this event and serving those in the community.
— Jan, SF Community Healthcorps member with the SF Department of Public Health's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Section


[1] http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/

[2] http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/