MLHD and Lions Club host 1st Annual Diabetes Expo

The Diabetes Expo at the Young Town Hall.
The Diabetes Expo at the Young Town Hall.
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The first Annual Young District Diabetes Expo was held at the Young Town Hall on Saturday the 27th of July.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) collaborated with the Lions Club of Young to organize the event. The Expo was designed to provide those living with diabetes and those supporting people living with diabetes access to the latest information from health professionals in the field and practical tips to use every day.

Several guest speakers attended the Expo.

Jo Cochrane shared her experience of going from an overweight young person to a champion bodybuilder. Jo talked about the ways she faced her challenges and the importance of having belief in oneself in order to achieve your own personal goals.

Credentialed Diabetes Educator Isabel Reeves also shared her story. At age 10, Isabel was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was informed that she would likely lose a limb, go blind and never have children. Sharing her story from day 1, Isabel talked about taking up the challenge and disproving the predictions, she now has two sons. She also talked about the importance of being actively involved in health care.

Accredited practicing dietitian Grace Bathgate discussed the role and importance of food choices for maintaining both physical and mental wellbeing while living with diabetes. A question and answer session was held around the challenges of choosing food at different venues, such as family gatherings, parties and local eateries.

Acting Chief Pharmacist with MLHD Melanie Lacey provided an overview of the use of medications, discussing the importance of checking interactions between medications, especially vitamins, minerals and other complimentary medications to avoid complications.

Credentialed diabetes educators with MLHD Diabetes Service Mark Taylor and Maree Archer provided one on one consults with those attending the Expo.

Ian Kerr from Diabetes NSW and ACT provided information on the National Diabetes Supply Scheme and the benefits of membership to support people in managing diabetes.

The next Expo will be held in 2020.

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