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Lindsay gets active in running off diabetes

Lindsay gets active in running off diabetes

3K walk and health fair will include diabetes screenings, bicycle rodeo and entertainment on Oct. 28 at Lindsay City Park

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LINDSAY – Tulare County is among California’s leaders in growing some of the most nutritious produce in the world, but it is also growing the highest prevalence of diabetes. Tulare County consistently diagnoses twice as many diabetics than the state average. And while the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Tulare County, hospitalization rates for diabetics in Tulare County are nearly twice the statewide average for both short-term complications and lower limb amputations, and slightly higher than the state average for long-term complications. In a 2017 public health survey conducted by the Tulare County Health and Human Services, 60% of residents reported diabetes as their greatest health concern.

In response to the growing problem, a coalition of health care and health related agencies in Lindsay have come together to hold the first 3K Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lindsay City Park. The walk is a collaborative effort of Healthy Kids, Healthy Lindsay, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Lindsay Wellness Center, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, and Lindsay residents.

Registration for the walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 3K will begin at 8 a.m. The first 100 people will get a T-shirt and/or a pedometer to track their steps. The walk will be kicked off by Kaweah Delta’s Population Health Director, Ryan Gates.

The health fair begins at 9 a.m. and Lindsay’s Mayor Pam Kimball will be there to offer welcoming remarks. This free community/family event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Lindsay’s City Park located on the corner of Sequoia and Parkside Avenues. The main focus of the event is diabetes education and prevention.

This family friendly event will feature local talent entertainment such as Senaido Aleman and Dulce Navarro (La Barbie de Michoacan), Bailoterapia (Dance Therapy) Demonstrations, Quinto Sol’s Ballet Folklorico, Self-Defense Demonstration, Guitar performance by Lindsay High School students, family activities such as a soccer goal challenge and a track clinic, bounce houses and lots of opportunities to win prizes. In addition to this, the Lindsay Kiwanis Club will be holding a bike rodeo in the parking lot of the Lindsay Community Center.

Visit the over 20 resource/informational booths and free health screenings such as vision screenings for children, blood pressure checks, and fall prevention/balance screenings. Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency will be providing free flu shots for the first 100 people. Learn more about diabetes through an educational presentation by a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.

This event is sponsored by the Lindsay Local Hospital District, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Alexandra Barbershop, Nathan and Maria Ross and many other local businesses. For more information about this upcoming event call Linda Ledesma at 559-562-8292 or Alma Torres- Nguyen at 559-624-2416.

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