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Memorial Hospital Hosts Free Diabetes Expo

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Memorial Hospital is hosting a Community Diabetes Expo Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in order to help tackle the disease with what they believe is one of the best medicines, education.

Since it started in 2007, several hundred people have come out each time.  The expo features different vendors as well as two new speakers every hour. 

Peggy Steere is a R.N. and a certified diabetes educator who oversees the expo.  She says the event is part of the prescription for treating the disease.

"When someone is diagnosed with diabetes the most important thing they can do is get education," she said.  "Learn what to do in order to take care of the disease and manage it."

The event has a focus on life skills to help people manage diabetes.  This includes counting carbohydrates, foot problems, getting enough exercise, and facing emotional trauma.  Those who attend the event also have the choice of a "carb-controlled" $5 lunch.

The expo opens its doors at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, located at 9 South 8 th Ave.

Steere says the event is essential because diabetes is unlike anything else.

"It's a disease that's unique," she said.  "It's the only disease in medicine that the person who has it has to manage.  Healthcare providers can help but they actually do very little."