21st Annual Black Heritage Festival to Host Health and Wellness Fair on Grand Festival Day

The 21st Annual Black Heritage Festival, presented by the City of Savannah and Savannah State University is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on Grand Festival Day, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Savannah Civic Center, 301 West Oglethorpe Avenue.

Doors will open at 9:00 A.M.Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by American Diabetes Association, Lilly USA, Inc. and Aetna, is a FREE full-day interactive, educational event designed to educate all people affected by diabetes.

The family friendly health and wellness fair will feature free health screenings, giveaways, kids’ zone, and healthy soul food cooking demonstrations and tastings. Also, various workshops on diabetes care will be offered throughout the day. Registration for those workshops begins at 9:00 A.M. and is open to the public.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure. There are an estimated 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. If present trends continue, one in three Americans, and 1 in 2 minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes among African Americans is reaching epidemic proportions and the projected growth of this disease is expected to skyrocket. African Americans are 1.6 times more likely to have diabetes than non- Latino whites. 25% of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes. One in four African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. With Aetna’s and Lilly’s support, the American Diabetes Association is committed to improving the lives of African Americans with diabetes and their families through Grand Festival Day Health Fair and community outreach programs such as Diabetes Day and Diabetes University.

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