By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
In commemoration of upcoming World Diabetes Day, the Diabetes Association of Belize (DAB) held a health fair on Friday.
The event at the Battlefield Park, provided an opportunity for the Association to engage the public with vital information pertaining to diabetes, health and wellness. The DAB also provided free blood sugar testing.
Several of the DAB’s partners also joined in on the event including: the Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Kidney Association of Belize, Belize Cancer Society and the Belize Lions Club.
Nutritionist and supporter of the DAB for 15 years, Karen Rosito, explained that the fair was important because it helps to provide medically sound information to help dispel misconceptions people may have about diabetes.
“People often think it’s the sweets that you eat that cause diabetes, but it’s not”, Rosito said. “It’s the ill health that comes from eating too much junk food and the damage it does to your pancreas that actually causes it.”
She recommended exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, a balanced diet containing fruits, and vegetables, and removing things like soda from one’s diet in order to avoid diabetes, or to manage it if you’ve already been diagnosed with it.
World Diabetes Day is being celebrated on Saturday November 14, under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes.”