Beebe Medical Center Presents 2nd Annual African-American Women's Conference
Beebe Medical Center will present the Second Annual African-American Women's Conference from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Independence Community Center, Indian Mission Road, Millsboro.
The goal of the free event, organized by Beebe Medical Center's Community Health Department, is to educate African-American women on healthy lifestyles and to offer them free health screenings.
Speaking will be: Beebe Medical Center diabetes educator Tina Trout, APRN, BC, CDE, on sugar levels in the blood that signal diabetes; and Milton ophthalmologist and Beebe Medical Staff member Edward Jaoude, MD, on cataracts, diabetes and glaucoma. There will be a presentation in the afternoon on breast health awareness. The speakers will be cancer survivor and Beebe Medical Center volunteer Susan Ryan, and Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition representative Cheryl Doucette.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services reports that about 80 percent of African-American woman are either overweight or obese, the highest rate of any other group in the nation. Obesity contributes to many serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Free health screenings at the event include a body mass index (BMI) check that determines if someone is overweight, and screenings for blood sugar level, cholesterol and blood pressure, tests that can identify heart disease or diabetes. Bone density tests also will be available to identify osteoporosis, a serious health concern that can lead to fractures that can cause disability and even death.
Several healthcare organizations will be on hand with free literature. Representatives from the Community Healthcare Access Program at Beebe Medical Center will be available with information for those without health insurance.
The event will include a continental breakfast and lunch. To register for this free conference, and for directions to the location, please call Peggy A. Diehl, RN, MSN, Community Health Nurse Manager, at (302) 645-3337. Please leave your name and daytime telephone number. Or, email her at email@example.com
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org