On Saturday, April 27th we hosted a Health Fair in collaboration with Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services at Huntington Community Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Amerigroup, Fairfax County Department of Health, and Wells Fargo also provided services for participants. All fair-goers were offered healthy snacks and lucky ones received a gift card to a nearby grocery store. The gift card recipients were excited to use the card to purchase produce.
The Huntington Community Center Director was overjoyed by the amount of people who came out to learn more about their health. She said that it was the most activity the center has seen in years. Many attendees expressed how motivated they were to begin an exercise regimen or to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and partners who made this event possible!
On Saturday, April 20th the Lions of District 24-A, Woodbridge Lions, and Our Lady of Angels hosted a health fair at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Woodbridge, VA. The event served about 150 people. In addition to LC4DP’s standard services, the Woodbridge Lions offered SPOT screenings and Sentara Hospital’s Diabetes Management Program enrolled diabetic participants in their diabetes education program. Amerigroup of Virginia kept the kids busy with a moon bounce and Our Lady of Angels provided healthy snacks for participants and volunteers. Over half of the people who participated in the blood pressure and blood glucose screenings received abnormal results and were given information about diabetes risk factors, nutrition, exercise, and where they could seek follow-up care.
April 27, 10:00am-1:30pm:
Huntington Community Center
Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
5751 Liberty Drive
Alexandria, VA 22303
May 4, 9:00am-2:00pm:
Lovettsville Game Club
16 South Berlin Pike
May 18, 11:00am-3:00pm:
United Community Ministries Creekside Community Center
7939 Janna Lee Avenue
On December 8th we worked with All Saints Church and the Knights of Columbus to host our most-recent screening. We were lucky to have the support of new volunteers from local health centers, Prince William County, and the Manassas Lioness Club. A special thank you to The Knights of Columbus members who generously donated their hall for the screening.
On December 1st we worked with Carlin Springs Elementary Community School (http://www.apsva.us/Domain/582) in Arlington, VA to host our third screening. Carlin Springs Elementary works to engage its students’ families and the surrounding community in programming at the school. The Arlington community came together to ensure that the people who could most benefit from the screening knew about the screening. This effort was of especial benefit to two participants who our medical volunteers identified as having extreme hyperglycemia (very high blood sugar). We immediately got the participants into care and gave them information about local health and social services they could access for continued diabetes management. An Arlington County case worker was at the screening to give participants information about Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP and help eligible participants complete enrollment forms. This service was of great benefit to participants and nicely complimented our medical services station.
On November 3rd we hosted a screening with FACETS (http://facetscares.org/) at their Ragan Oaks location in Fairfax, VA. Many participants were surprised by their BMI and blood pressure results so were eager to learn about how they could improve their numbers. It was exciting to observe participants learn about and discuss healthy food choices, exercise, and goal-setting at the diabetes/wellness education station. There were quite a few “Aha!” moments. FACETS staff and interns showed their devotion to the project and their clients; they worked very hard to promote the event.
Diabetes/Wellness Ambassador Talks Nutrition with a Participant
On October 20th we partnered with United Community Ministries (UCM) in Alexandria, VA (www.ucmagency.org) to host our first screening event out in the field. We screened about 100 people and Walgreens provided flu shots to the majority of those screened. The event was a huge success. Participants were so happy to be able to access food, social services, employment services, and medical services all under one roof. It was incredible to see the strength and warmth of the UCM staff and the people it serves.
Many of the participants who stopped-by the health education table signed up for follow-up American Diabetes Association diabetes/wellness education classes at UCM. A series of 4 classes were held from 10/24/12-11/15/12.
Lion volunteer Brenda William, a volunteer diabetes/wellness ambassador recalls:
Working as a volunteer […] provided me and clients with an insurmountable amount of information. Participants on both sides of the table were truly grateful to give and receive information regarding lifestyle changes that could be made to improve health and wellness. […] Many asked for additional tips on improving their diets and exercise programs and were generally sincere about improving their practices to achieve better health.The host agencies that provided space commented that they had not seen such an out pour of appreciation and thankfulness on the part of those they serviced and thankfulness on the part of those they service daily.
Lion volunteer Tom Edick expresses the reward he experienced as a volunteer:
I enjoyed working with other Lion Club volunteers and our professional health team. I could sense the same feelings of caring, enthusiasm, and happiness as I had enjoyed during our first full screening. All the organization, time, training and hard work that had gone into this first day was rewarding, and to hear the many thanks and heartfelt expressions of gratitude from all those who received the screening made it all worthwhile.
On Saturday, October 6th we hosted our first screening event. Volunteers got to practice on their peers, attendees of the Fall District 24-A Fall Conference. Conference-goers had the opportunity get go through the screening, and in doing so, learn more about their health and the project. Volunteers and participants alike were excited about the project’s efforts to promote prevention and to get the word out about diabetes. In addition, project leads gave a presentation about the project.