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Join Us Nov. 20 for a Diabetes Health Fair

Join us Nov. 20 for a diabetes-focused health fair at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Take part in free health screenings and learn about diabetes prevention and management from four area physicians and 24 vendors.

The health fair will open at 4 pm and feature a 6 pm presentation by the following area physicians:

  • Dr. Alfred Okeke, Endocrinologist with Wayne Health Medical Clinic
  • Dr. Dimitrios Lintzeris, Certified Wound Specialist and Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital
  • Dr. Waheed Akhtar, Cardiologist with Wake Heart and Vascular
  • Dr. Michael Willman, Ophthalmologist with Waynesborough Ophthalmology

Stick around after the program to take part in a question-and-answer session with these experts. Plus, enjoy everything else the event has to offer:

  • Diabetes risk assessments
  • Vision, foot, gait and blood sugar screenings
  • Delicious refreshments
  • Door prizes
  • Diabeta-BINGO – a popular activity at WADEC (Wayne Area Diabetes Education Center, part of Wayne Memorial Hospital) – featuring prizes, including a Thanksgiving turkey!

“At Wayne Memorial Hospital, we want to emphasize that making simple, easy changes in diet and exercise can help you prevent diabetes, or help you manage it if you already have it,” said Shelby Ostendorf, Program Director for Diabetes Education at the Hospital. “This health fair is intended to support those individuals already dealing with diabetes, screen those individuals who are at risk for diabetes, and educate the community as a whole.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Seating for the physicians’ presentation is limited and advance registration is preferred. To register, email your name, address and phone number to or call 919.731.6299.

The  fair will be held in and around the auditorium on the ground floor of the hospital. Guests using visitor parking in front of the hospital can get directions to the health fair at the information desk in the front lobby of the hospital.

Event Vendors

The event will feature the following vendors:  3HC, Amylin, Animas, Bayer, Carolina Diabetic Supply, Derma Sciences, Gentiva, Goldsboro Family Y, LifeScan, Merck, Novo Nordisk, OmniPod (Insulet), Organogenesis Inc., Professional Orthotics, Roche, Sanofi, Southeastern Medical Supplies, Spectranetics, WADEC, Wayne County Diabetes Support Group, Wayne Health Physicians, Wayne Memorial Hospital Rehab Department, Wayne Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center and Wayne Pharmacy.

Diabetes Facts

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes and an additional 79 million have prediabetes.

Prediabetes is defined as having blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

People with uncontrolled diabetes are at a significantly greater risk to develop complications including cardiovascular disease, blindness, lower extremity amputations and renal disease. 

Statistics show that diabetes is more prevalent in eastern North Carolina than the rest of the state, with Wayne County having one of the state’s highest diabetes rates.  

The ADA proclaimed November American Diabetes Month to raise awareness of the disease.

  • Get Moving. Our bodies need to move and exercise is critical to live well. Just 30 minutes, 3 times a week is a great start.
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