The Richmond Register

April 16, 2013

Come ‘Pack the Track’ for diabetes awareness Thursday

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Madison County Diabetes Coalition invites everyone to join in the second annual Pack the Track for Diabetes Awareness event 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the EKU track.  

This annual event spotlights the impact of diabetes awareness and prevention on the health of our whole community.  

The event is free and open to the public. Anyone who wants to show support for diabetes awareness can come to walk for any length of time during the event.  

“Many people come to walk a few laps during their lunch breaks,” said Kim DeCoste, RN, certified diabetes educator and diabetes coalition member.

Students from Model and Waco Elementary will be walking in the event again this year and planners expect more than 800 schoolchildren to come.   

“At the 2012 event, Model Lab elementary students walked enough miles to have gone from Richmond, Kentucky, to Disney World,” said DeCoste.

Donations of any size will be accepted at the event. Those who donate $10 or more will receive a T-shirt commemorating the event. One hundred percent of proceeds from Pack the Track go to support the Madison County Diabetes Coalition’s Patient Assistance Program.  

This program, funded by donations from the community, helps purchase much needed medicines and supplies for people with diabetes who are uninsured or underinsured.  

Pack the Track for Diabetes Awareness is a collaborative effort with The Madison County Diabetes Coalition, EKU Employee Health, Model Laboratory School and the College of Health Sciences, Waco Elementary School and Madison County Health Department. Sponsors of the event also include Lexington Clinic, Baptist Health-Richmond and First Gear.

In Madison County alone, an estimated 8,500 individuals have diabetes. Nationwide, more than 26 million Americans suffer from this chronic disease.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Unless more steps are taken to stop this trend, as many as 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes by the year 2050.