By Brad Schmett
Saturday, March 22, 2014 will offer hope and answers to the thousands who suffer from diabetes here in the Coachella Valley. As the 19th Annual Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes returns to the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences the attendance is expected to be record-setting for the 19th straight year. A free and educational event, this year’s prestigious emcee will be award-winning actor and singer Tony Orlando.
I am sure you will remember Tony from his famous anthem Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree that became the quintessential veterans “coming home” song. His illustrious fifty-year career speaks for itself. When an entertainer of this stature lends their name, time, and efforts to a cause you can be sure that plenty of good things will come to pass. Orlando’s own family has struggled with diabetes, making him the perfect spokesperson to offer his voice this year.
Accompanied by educational sessions that include physicians, nutritionists and experts, researchers and others from the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage as well as the Joslin Diabetes Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, and Desert Cardiology Center this day long health and wellness extravaganza will raise awareness and offer hope to thousands. With topics that include the latest findings and treatment for diabetes, tips on diet and exercise, information on the long-term implications of an all too common disease, this promises to be a truly exciting event.
A product fair will also be featured with exhibits on the latest treatment, resources and technology for those managing and coping with diabetes. Expect to get plenty of healthy recipes and cooking tips for those dealing with both Type I and Type II diabetes. Very few among us do not have someone in our family or otherwise close to us who is trying to live with one of these two types of the disease. As obesity continues to be a major problem across the country the prevalence of diabetes increases. Don’t miss this opportunity to educate yourself and have a great time with friends and neighbors.
For more information on the 19th annual Jim Cook Day of hope visit http://deserthealthnews.com/stories/focus-wellness-19th-annual-jim-cook-day-hope-diabetes/