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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2000

Free Health Screenings, Food, and Childhood Immunizations
during West Dayton Diabetes Day, November 8

DAYTON, OHIO -- Learning how to live a healthier life with diabetes is the focus of the eighth annual West Dayton Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 8. The free event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center, 1323 West Third Street, Dayton.

This year's Diabetes Day also honors the legacy of Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950), the African-American surgeon who pioneered development of the nation's blood banks. Honorary co-chairs for this year's West Dayton Diabetes Day are Marsha Bonhart of WDTN TV 2 News and Michael Ecton of WDAO AM 12.10.

West Dayton Diabetes Day offers free health screenings for blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. People who think they may be at risk for diabetes are urged to get a free health screening.

An ever-popular feature is the Healthy Soul Food Lunch, a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Catered by Singer, the menu features Smothered Chicken, Candied Yams, Pumpkin Cookie and a diet drink. Prepared and served in portions that meet the diet needs of people with diabetes.

West Dayton Diabetes Day also includes a foot care clinic, glaucoma and hearing tests, diabetes education, and information sessions about healthy lifestyles and stress management. Free childhood immunizations will be provided at the Drew Health Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (parents should bring children's immunization record.) Diabetes Day participants who complete four of the scheduled activities will receive free groceries, while supplies last.

All activities at West Dayton Diabetes Day are free. Advance registration is not required. For more information call 276-8327.

"We are proud of the life and achievements of Dr. Charles R. Drew. He can be an inspiration for us all as we strive to live healthier lives," says Gina McFarlane-El, director of urban health services at Good Samaritan Hospital. "To honor Dr. Drew's legacy, the scope of this year's West Dayton Diabetes Day has expanded to include the full range of services offered at the health center named in Dr. Drew's honor."

Current services offered at the Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center include cancer education, dental services, health promotion, HIV testing, immunizations, lupus awareness, medical services, nutrition education, podiatry (foot care), prenatal services, rape counseling, violence prevention, and WIC.

West Dayton Diabetes Day is sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital, the Center for Healthy Communities, Wright State University School of Medicine, Sinclair Community College, the Combined Health District, the Ohio Academy of Holistic Health, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and Hoechst Pharmaceuticals.