For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Diabetes Screening to be Held March 23
in Docking State Office Building

March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Kansas Diabetes Action Council will host a diabetes screening event for legislators and state employees from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Room C,next to the cafeteria in the basement level of the Docking State Office Building, 915 S.W. Harrison, Topeka, on Tuesday, March 23.  A media availability session held in conjunction with the screening event will take place at noon.

In addition, a resolution is scheduled to be read in the both the Senate and House Chambers to acknowledge Diabetes Alert Day and recognize the work of the Kansas Diabetes Action Council.

The Kansas Diabetes Plan was unveiled in July 2008 and provides guidance for collaborative statewide efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes and improve the health of Kansans over the next five years. More than 170,000 Kansans (an increase of 20,000 from the previous year) have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 90 percent of those have Type 2 diabetes which can be prevented or delayed.