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”. However, around a third of these individuals – or nearly 7 million individuals – do not know that they have diabetes.
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.