becomes health represenative
BY DEVIN HEFLIN
EATONVILLE,FL-Diabetes awareness, a national issue, has taken on a local face, in Eatonville councilman Alvin Moore. Moore was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008 and after exercise, therapy and diet changes, the councilman decided to take action.
During a council meeting in Eatonville, Moore,43, revealed to his constituents that he had diabetes. Six people came up to him after the meeting and told him they too had diabetes. Only twenty residents total were at the meeting.
From that moment, Moore called the American Diabetes Association to find how he could volunteer.For national diabetes month in November,Moore has partnered with the American Diabetes Association to raise money for the ADA’s efforts in researching and treating diabetes.
“I’m working with the ADA because I don’t want anybody to go through what I went through.” Moore said.
Five years ago, Moore experienced symptoms of queeziness and weakness. When he arrived at the Emergency Room of the hospital, the doctor informed him that he was two-thirds away from a diabetic coma.
Moore committed himself to his own wellness by walking the steps of the hospital and exercising in the middle of nights. He lowered his numbers by such practices and lost seventy pounds over an eight month period.
As a representative of ADA, Moore and the organization are hosting month long activities in collusion with the month’s theme.
The target community first is Eatonville, which has a eleven percent senior citizen population and a twenty-five percent rate of diabetes out of its population of 2,200 according to the Winter Park Health Foundation.
Below is an itinerary of the activities that will be hosted in Central Florida for
Diabetes Awareness and how you can get involved:
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Nov 2, 2013
- Charity walk to raise
funds for Diabetes treatment and prevention
- Harbor Park | 4990 New Broad Street |
- Saturday November 2, 2013 | Registration begins
at 7 AM | Walk begins
at 8:30 AM
- Contact: Online Manager,Live Empowered Community Education and Celebration Nov 9, 2013
Kristina Kus at firstname.lastname@example.org | (407) 660-1926 ext.
- Door prizes and
giveaways, activities for children(bounce house and face painting),
diabetes prevention presentations, exercise and dance demonstrations, flu
shots, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, vendor exhibits
- Hungerford Gymnasium
& Cafeteria 100 E Kennedy Blvd Eatonville
- Saturday November 9, 2013 8am – Noon
Dancing for Diabetes Nov 16, 2013
- Dance recital to benefit
American Diabetes Association. Tickets are $11
- The Walt Griffin
Performing Arts Building Millennium Middle School 21 Lakeview Drive Sanford FL 32773
- Saturday November 16 6:00pm
- Contact: http://dancing4diabetes.com/event_information
27 Annual Dig for Diamonds Nov 21 and 22, 2013
- Fundraiser with proceeds
to benefit American Diabetes Association. We have salted our
"mine" with diamonds and other gemstones. Donate $1 and get one
shovel of sand. See if you can dig up a diamond
- Swalstead Jewelers 255 South Orange Avenue Orlando
- Thursday Nov 21 and Friday Nov 22, 2013 10am-4pm
With a total of six African-American churches participating in the event in Eatonville and Winter Park, diabetes awareness doesn’t end when November ends, but it is a start. “It all started with me getting diabetes, me going to the classes and getting help.” Moore said.