Warren General Hospital held its fifth annual Diabetes and Wellness Fair on World Diabetes Day at the Warren State Hospital auditorium on Wednesday.
According to Nancy Mague with Warren General, the fair isn't just about diabetes. It also provides resources for other health and wellness issues, a number of screenings and even free flu shots.
"A lot of the resources available are here," Mague said. "We're just trying to give people a lot of information on different things in a single setting."
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Warren General Hospital partnered with a number of other health organizations on Wednesday to hold the fifth annual Diabetes and Wellness Fair at the Warren State Hospital grounds. It was estimated 75 to 100 people attended in the first half hour alone.
Approximately 75 to 100 people attended the fair in the first half hour alone, with presenters expecting even more throughout the day.
The fair featured screenings for glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, body mass index measurement and even a diabetic foot check.
According to Mague, the screenings were courtesy of a partnership with Jamestown Community College.
"We're here just educating people about diabetes," Jamestown student nurse Amanda Olander said. "We get to get out and talk to people and just get some experience educating them."
Jamestown students also gave a presentation on diabetes around the world and were available to answer other questions on diabetes.
Jamestown Community College wasn't the only partner available at the fair. According to Mague, information was available from a wide range of healthcare providers and servicers.
Information on sleep apnea machines and Medicare were available and Warren General offered osteoporosis screenings. A representative with the Erie County Diabetes Association was also on hand to provide resources for the under-insured and uninsured on testing supplies, services and assistance with medication.
Throughout the day, talks on depression and diabetes, diabetic monitoring and nutrition were available.
Food preparation demonstrations and even food samples were also available.
"It really is just a way to get resources out to people," Mague said, "to make sure they're getting the right information from the right sources."