Rotarians and Health Care
The Lake Zurich Rotary Club meeting last Friday featured Dr. Dipal C. Shah from Northwest Community Healthcare and Anna Van Handel representing the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Why – because its important.
Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. 7 million of those are undiagnosed. This was a chance to become more aware of diabetes and to not only find out about the disease, its warning signs and ultimately treatment options, but to understand the monetary impact to the U.S. as a whole for treating the disease. The ultimate goal is prevention and management – avoid the risk factors that may bring on diabetes. Some types of Diabetes are immune system disorders and are not affected by modifications to lifestyle.
We should strive to manage our health better to reduce the impacts on society not to mention ourselves. Anna discussed how the American Diabetes Association is a fund raising arm for research, but also provides a great deal of awareness and information to millions of people each year. Education is a component to people realizing they may have a problem, and how to get help before the disease advances. In addition as with any healthy lifestyle advocates, the goal is stopping the development of the disease where possible.
The ADA is sponsoring a couple key events in the next few days. Sunday, September 30th at Didier Farms in Buffalo Grove ( www.diabetes.org/stepoutbg ) and a Bowling event at Brunswick Bowl on September 28th. (http://eventswithstylehh.com/ada-walgreen-fundraiser-09292012 )
Lake Zurich Rotary meetings offer glimpses into a variety of topics. Come on by at 12:15 every Friday. Visitors are always welcome and so are new members. See our website at www.lakezurichrotary.org to find out where our next meeting is. Lake Zurich Rotary is a group of local people putting service above self. Come see what Rotary is about and how you too can be a member.