Participants of the Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative and their families were invited to the annual Diabetes Day at the Kroc Center on Saturday, November 5th. The event was sponsored by the collaborative, drawing over 200 participants. The day’s program consisted of 10 educational tables, with each table having a different theme and game for participants. In addition, three agencies competed in a healthy veggie cook-off, including the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSNJ), NJ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Education (SNAP-ED) and registered dietitians from ShopRite. FBSNJ won with first prize with their “Just Peachy Scrambled Eggs.” Participants taste-tested each recipe and voted throughout the event. Zumba and aerobics demonstrations were available throughout the day. Participants also received one bag of vegetables used in the recipes. A total of 125 bags were distributed to families at the end of the event. One lucky winner went home with a Fitbit as part of the day’s raffle.
Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative is a collaborative of partners that coordinates with people in Camden to live well with pre-diabetes and diabetes. Their focus areas are to provide education, coordinate services and advocate to advance policy focused on diabetes, health coverage and support for chronic disease. The collaborative has partnered with Get Healthy Camden – a collaborative designed to strengthen systems that impact health, advance policy and improve the environment for a healthier Camden.
Diabetes is common in Camden, with 12.8% of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes–nearly 50% higher than the overall prevalence rate for New Jersey. Proper care and self-management can help people with diabetes lead healthy lives. The collaborative is leading Camden in preventing diabetic complications. Each year, our collaboration provides care for approximately 200 diabetes patients.