Mobelini, Alexander sign proclamations declaring Diabetes Awareness Day

On Nov. 10, Hazard Mayor Donald “Happy” Mobelini and Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander signed proclamations declaring Nov. 14, 2020 as Diabetes Awareness Day in Hazard and Perry County. Locally, the Perry County Diabetes Coalition, a group of concerned community members who are dedicated to the prevention and effective management of diabetes, is leading awareness efforts. November is National Diabetes Month and Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day, said the coalition. “This is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign and is an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes and engage in advocacy efforts for better healthcare access, for more effective treatment, and, ultimately, for a cure,” said officials with the coalition. Diabetes impacts millions of people; costs billions in total medical costs, lost work and lost wages; and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, said members of the Perry County Diabetes Coalition. More than 34 million Americans, including over 474,500 in Kentucky and over 3,000 in Perry County, have been diagnosed with diabetes, said officials. Additionally, over 158,000 Kentuckians are unaware they have diabetes and nearly 1.1 million Kentuckians are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. To help combat diabetes, coalition members encourage community members to see their doctors for a check-up; learn the risk factors for diabetes; eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins; engage in regular physical activity; and support friends and family in a healthy lifestyle. Follow the Perry County Diabetes Coalition on Facebook for more information.