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Posted on: November 17, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Health Department to sponsor Diabetes Awareness Event and Educational Play

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Pitt County Health Department’s Minority Diabetes Prevention Program is partnering with Gdavis Productions and Transforming Christian Ministries to offer a diabetes awareness event and educational play, “Mama’s Girl 2 Sugar Ain’t Sweet.” The play focuses on the impact of diabetes in the African American community and ways to address this issue. The event will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Community Christian Church, located at 1104 North Memorial Drive, Greenville, NC. Doors will open at 1:30pm for viewing of exhibits. The play will begin at 3:00pm. The event is FREE to the public but registration is required by visiting www.eventbrite.com.

Since its premiere, the play has toured multiple cities in the Southern United States, reaching over 12,000 attendees. The primary goal of this endeavor is to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes risk factors and management tools among African-American populations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, North Carolina has an excess burden of diabetes compared to the rest of the nation and many of North Carolina’s counties are in the “diabetes belt.” People who live in the “diabetes belt” are more likely to have type 2 diabetes than people who live in other parts of the United States. More than half a million North Carolinians are believed to have pre-diabetes, putting them at risk for developing diabetes.

Learning to prevent and manage diabetes and make healthy behavior change can be achieved through non-traditional approaches in a way the community can relate to and understand. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is promoting this innovative way to reach populations disparately affected by diabetes using non-traditional mechanisms to disseminate culturally appropriate messages more effectively. The ADA has partnered with AstraZeneca and Gdavis Productions on this theatre tour about diabetes. For more information about the “Mama’s Girls 2 Sugar Ain’t Sweet” play tours, visit (https://www.mamasgirls.net). To register to attend the Greenville event scheduled for Saturday, November 18th, visit www.eventbrite.com.

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