The event to promote diabetes awareness will be held primarily in the Wellness and Recreational Sports Center on campus from 7-11 a.m.
“World Diabetes Day is important because it aims to raise the awareness of the rising prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes primarily in children and adolescents, as well as adults,” Amy Ramirez, health education coordinator at UTPA, said. “Early diagnosis and early education are crucial to reducing complications and saving lives.”
Free eye and glaucoma exams, lower extremities amputation risk exams, nutritional counseling, and seminars on diabetes education will be offered throughout the morning.
“The basic eye and glaucoma exam is important because poor vision is a major health problem related to having or developing diabetes,” Ramirez said.
Health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure and body fat percentage will be offered free of charge from 7-9 a.m.
Staff and faculty are also invited to participate in a fitness challenge requiring four-person teams of two males and two females. Men and women will compete against their same gender in timed tests of push ups and pull ups. The teams will compete against each other in a 1,600-meter relay, 30-second basketball three-point shootout and tug of war. Prizes will be given to the top three teams and the overall top male and female competitor. All competitions will take place at the Wellness and Recreational Sports Center with the exception of the 1,600-meter relay which will be at the University’s track.
For more information about World Diabetes Day or to sign up for the fitness challenge, call Ramirez at 956/318-8900 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.