3rd Annual Pathway to Wellness: Reversing the Trends Symposium

Rationale

According to the International Diabetes Federation, one person in the world dies every six seconds from complications due to diabetes.  In 2013, diabetes accounted for more than 1.5 million deaths worldwide. There are currently over 382 million people are affected with diabetes. This number is hiking at an alarming rate and is expected to increase to nearly 600 million by 2035. A Communicable Disease Prevalence Study conducted in The Bahamas in 2005 recorded 23,000 pre-diabetic Bahamians and 32,000 diabetics. Just six short years later (2011), a similar survey indicated that the number of cases had increased exponentially, sighting nearly 28,000 pre-diabetic Bahamians and over 62,000 diabetics.

These were only a few of the startling statistics presented by Dr. Graham Cates, of Family Medicine Center. Such frightening data set the stage for the discussions at One Eleuthera Foundation’s (OEF) 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Symposium, The Pathway to Wellness: reversing the trends, focused this year on diabetes.

The Symposium consisted of 3 events. 

1. Health Fair, Haynes Library, Governor's Harbour - July 31st, 2014, 10am to 2pm
The Fair was comprised of information booths, health screenings (blood pressure, blood glucose and BMI), salad and green smoothie demos using greens from Eleuthera Community Farms (ECF), native teas and a health talk by nutritionist, Camelta Barnes from the Department of Health. This new feature to the symposium was designed to create a forum for the general public to be sensitized to diabetes and the benefits of healthy food choices. Gleaning from this ‘healthy spread’ were a number of adults, but the majority of the crowd consisted of over 60 youngsters ranging from ages 4 to 16. Mrs. Barnes had everyone intrigued with her message on making good food choices verses bad food choices and the dangers of too much sugar.  The youngsters were eager partakers of the healthy green smoothies and garden salads. Click here for photos

2. Welcome Reception, Cancer Society Wellness Center. Palmett Point - July 31st, 2014, 7pm to 8:30pm - Click here for photos

3. The Pathway to Wellness Symposium, Cancer Society Wellness Center, Palmett Point - August 1st, 2014, 9am to 4pm 
Presenting at the main Symposium event held on Friday, August 1st, were three-time major sponsors Dr. Cates and his wife Nurse Anita Cates. Also presenting were Nurse Margaret Daxon and Pharmacist Sidnell Wilmore, Diabetes Education Network (DEN), Dr. Kristi Silver, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, Dr. Kenneth Kemp, Medical Director and Founder, Bahamas Foot and Ankle, Dr.  Reginald Carey, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, The Ladies Medical Center, Nurse Sherrin Cooper, Chief Nursing Officer, Public Health Eleuthera, Nurse Monique Cambridge, Nursing Officer, Public Health Eleuthera and Caroline Coburn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emory University who Skyped in from London to the discussion to render findings from a recent Health Fairs which she and Emory students conducted on Eleuthera in June. Symposium attendees comprised an array of individuals seeking information. The cross section of onlookers included the young, the not so young, doctors, nurses, and a number of diabetics from surrounding communities including Harbour Island. (Presentations from the symposium are below. Click here for photos

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