Diabetes is a chronic condition that results from the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin. It affects more than 170 million people worldwide. Genetics, high blood pressure, smoking, increased cholesterol levels, and a sedentary lifestyle are factors that contribute to the development. Operation Diabetes is devoted to educating the community about the prevention and management of diabetes. Members are actively involved in health fairs and educational workshops that not only benefit our patients, but gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in real-life situations.
SNPhA participated in Diabetes Day at the Second Reformed Church in New Brunswick! This event was designed to be an expo to teach Rutgers students as well as New Brunswick residents about the importance of diabetes and the importance of preventing or treating it. Various pharmacy organizations were be present at the event, tabling and conducting activities for all age groups in order to help teach them about diabetes!
Operation Diabetes: Pre-Turkey BodyPump!
SNPhA's Operation Diabetes' initiative was a pre-turkey bodypump class at Werblin Recreation Center! We were able to burn some calories before Thanksgiving break and also learn more about diabetes!
Operation Diabetes: JDRF Walk 2017
SNPhA members volunteered at the JDRF walk at Cook Campus in order to support JDRF. The non-profit aims to research Type 1 Diabetes for the betterment of patient care until a cure is finally found. We had a fun time while supporting a great cause!
Diabetes Training Session
We discussed the important counseling points regarding diabetes during this event. Students were taught how to screen patients for diabetes, and there was even hands on training using the blood glucose monitors. This way, students were also more prepared for SNPhA's health fairs in the future as well.
Piscataway Senior Center Health Fair
The Diabetes committee along with other committees tabled at an outreach event at the Senior Citizen Center! We had educational posters about diabetes as well as other chronic conditions such as kidney disease and stroke. We also had blood pressure monitors and were checking the blood pressure of our senior citizens at this event.
MCMC Health Fair
The diabetes committee along with other committees hosted a health fair at a local mosque. We interacted with children and adults in order to create awareness about diabetes and the diet changes necessary to manage diabetes
The ADA walk was held in Bridgewater NJ at the beautiful campus of Sanofi pharmaceuticals. The diabetes committee put together an informational poster and an interactive game. We had a great deal of families come out to our table and participate! We ended off the morning by participating in the Diabetes walk as a SNAPhAM! The JDRF walk was a fun way to raise money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! We had both education and interactive posters for the kids and some sugar free snacks!