Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


February 1, 2014

SOW members hop aboard for 'Passport to Health'

GREENSBURG — Thursday night at the Purdue Extension office, 43 Decatur County women left the wintry cold and snow behind and boarded their imaginations for a Spirit of Women (SOW)-sponsored trip to Spain.

After a brief meet-and-greet, the event kicked off with a presentation on diabetes by Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) dietician and certified diabetes educator Alexis Laska. Laska’s PowerPoint presentation hit all the basics regarding diabetes and offered a limited amount of more-in-depth information, with Laska taking questions afterward.

The key to successfully dealing with diabetes, Laska told the group, and to avoiding it, is to educate oneself. What is diabetes? she posed. What is pre-diabetes? Who is at risk? Should you be tested? Can diabetes be managed? What can you do to delay or prevent diabetes and its complications?

The remainder of the presentation focused on these questions, with Laska covering each point-by-point and striving to provide answers. Afterward, she took a number of questions from the audience, before ceding the floor to North Decatur High School Spanish teacher Jenny Robbins.

Robbins served as a kind of tour guide for Thursday’s imaginary trip to Spain, bringing along five student assistants to help attendees navigate their way around four Spanish cities.

DCMH SOW Coordinator Annie Wilkison told the Daily News that Thursday’s “Passport to Health” event was part of a series of such imaginary trips that will be held once a quarter in the year ahead.

When asked if there was some connection Spain and diabetes, Wilkison answered, “No, there’s no connection between Spain and diabetes. The idea behind these events – behind every event the SOW holds – is to provide women with valuable information about their health and the health of their families in a fun environment.”

According to Wilkison, studies consistently indicate that women make the majority of healthcare-related decisions in their households, making education vital to both SOW members and to their families.

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