September 6, 2019
by: Liz Gray/MCNPR
Growth not just a breakout session for Diabetes Awareness Summit
Diabetes Prevention Program manager promotes feedback to increase diabetes prevention
GLENPOOL, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation held the 13th Annual Diabetes Awareness Summit Sept. 4 at the Glenpool Conference Center.
The summit provided a space for Muscogee (Creek) citizens, their spouses, significant support persons and any Native American living in MCN communities to get involved in the three E’s of diabetes prevention; education, exercise and entertainment.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about diabetic footcare, dental health and eye care while also having the chance to get moving during exercise breaks and sessions. Emcee Darren DeLaune entertained the crowd during the lunch break with a Bachata demonstration.
Prior to key note speaker David Garrett’s presentation about diabetic footcare, Kathy Brown from the American Diabetes Association presented MCN Principal Chief James Floyd with a check to be used for educational supplies by the MCN Diabetes Prevention Program staff.
“We work closely with MCN and were fortunate enough to give $6,250 from a grant received from the Telligen Community Initiative to go towards diabetes prevention,” Brown said.
MCN Diabetes Program Manager Dewayne Tiger said the program encourages feedback from everyone to keep improving the program and events.
“We are here to serve the people of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and improve their health, our main goal is to defeat diabetes,” Tiger said.