American Diabetes Association: EXPO to feature API communities!

Press release from ADA:

March 17th Expo will feature activities for the

Asian Pacific Islander Communities

Free Head to Toe Health Screenings

Los Angeles, CA March 12, 2012 — This year, the American Diabetes Association EXPO will feature activities for the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  The reality is that the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Los Angeles County is not homogenous – in fact, it is one of the most diverse and complex bodies of people in Southern California. Featured speaker, Eugene Taw, MD, Vice President of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundations, will be conducting a presentation called, “Diabetes and You” in Mandarin.  Other activities include a “Maglalatik” Filipino dance demonstration, and a cooking demonstration on Asian Cuisine.

Data on the number of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who have diabetes are limited, studies show that type 2 diabetes is a growing problem among some groups within this population. For example, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 2 to 3 times higher among Japanese Americans living in California compared with non-Hispanic whites. The prevalence is 2.5 times higher among Native Hawaiians compared to white residents of Hawaii.  The Asian and Pacific Islander population is comprised of more than 45 distinct ethnic groups and a multitude of cultures speaking more than 28 languages.

Visit the American Diabetes Association EXPO on March 17, between 10 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center to find out more about diabetes. The EXPO is the premier diabetes education and awareness initiatives, bringing together concerned audiences to promote understanding, review the latest products and services and change the future of diabetes. The event feature free health screenings, exercise demonstrations, and product sampling. The Asian Pacific Diabetes Coalition (APDC) will offer resources and information in multi-languages.

Registration in advance is not necessary; volunteers will be available on site to assist in registering in Mandarin, Japanese, and Tai.  For more information about EXPO, please contact (626) 636-8700, ext. 104.  For more information about the American Diabetes Association visit http://www.diabetes.org.

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