TAMC to host awareness fair

| August 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
Public Affairs

Fair to include testing, checkups, speakers, interactive activities to help improve health

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HONOLULU — The Diabetes Awareness Fair will be held, here, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 27.

“The purpose of the event is to provide education and put our over-2,000 diabetic patients in touch with resources that will help them control their blood sugars and improve their long-term health,” said Capt. Joy Metevier, chief, Nutrition Outpatient Clinic, TAMC.

As part of the goal to improve patients’ long-term health, medical professionals are taking part in this event. They will order labs and collect data in compliance with Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS, measures.

“Although all 2,000 diabetic patients have been invited, there will be a concentrated effort to reach those that have not had a hemoglobin A1c drawn within the last year, those with a hemoglobin A1c of over nine, and those who have not had a lipid profile drawn within the last year,” Metevier said.

“The hemoglobin A1c is a critical lab test for understanding the status of the patient’s diabetes and should be monitored by the diabetes treatment team every three-six months,” she said.

Postcards have been sent to all eligible beneficiaries on the island.

“We also have postings on Facebook and poster and video displays distributed in the hope of reaching any and all patients with diabetes islandwide,” said Metevier.

“We have a great variety of interactive booths and activities based out of the Avenue Café and speakers in the Kyser Auditorium planned,” said Maj. Chad Koenig, chief, Medical Nutrition Therapy. “The highlights include a special diabetic menu offered at lunch, foot checks, blood pressure checks, body mass index (or BMI), blood sugar meter information and education materials, cooking demos, recipe samples and, of course, hemoglobin A1c and blood lipid draws.

“We will also be offering diabetes refresher courses through the month of September,” he said. “Through these refresher groups and the lab draws, we hope to get patients reconnected to their diabetes treatment, so that they can actively participate in their care.”

“If gone untreated or mishandled, diabetes is a serious disease,” Metevier said. “With this event, we want to reach out to our patients, help them better understand the disease, give them the tools to better control their health and assist them in living a healthier lifestyle.”

Diabetes education, management resources

TAMC, along with the federal government, offers a variety of diabetes education and management resources, including these:

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