University of Iowa News Release
Oct. 23, 2003
Physician To Speak, Students To Get Awards At Diabetes Banquet
A University of Iowa Health Care expert on diabetes will give the keynote address at the second annual Diabetes Awards Banquet at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the Kinnick Banquet Room at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1220 1st Ave. in Coralville.
The banquet is co-sponsored by Eagles' Flight Inc. and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, and is supported by the UI College of Nursing's Culturally Competent Care Initiative. Tickets are required for the banquet and are available for purchase by the general public. A free diabetes health fair will precede the banquet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The event also will honor "unsung heroes," area individuals or organizations who serve those with diabetes with compassion and care, as well as students who are receiving scholarships. Two UI students and a UI staff member are among those who will be honored.
Gregory Doelle, M.D., UI associate professor (clinical) of internal medicine (endocrinology and metabolism), will speak about childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Doelle will review obesity trends in children, discuss environmental, socioeconomic and ethnic influences, explain risk factors for diabetes and vascular disease, and suggest prevention strategies.
"Obesity and diabetes are twin thieves -- robbing adults, as well as children, of quality health. The banquet and fair are unique in that they focus attention on this concern at the local level, and offer health education mixed with pizzazz," said A. Denita Gadson, Ph.D., event chairperson.
The free health fair will showcase how 14 individuals and organizations in the community are addressing diabetes in areas such as prevention, research, diabetes education, food service, pharmaceuticals and service. Exhibitors will include the UI Reaching Euglycemia and Comprehensive Health (REACH) program, UI Hospitals and Clinics Diabetes Clinical Research and Programs, American Diabetes Association, Fareway Store Inc., Wal-Mart, and Mercy Hospital's Diabetes Education and Support Group.
Recipients of the 2003 Unsung Heroes awards who will be honored at the banquet are: