DENVER (CBS4) – There’s a free event this Saturday that could help improve one’s health. CBS4 is proud to sponsor the Diabetes EXPO at the Colorado Convention Center.

With more and more children and adults being diagnosed with diabetes, preventing and understanding the warning signs is half the battle to defeating it. However, those who are not sure what they know or don’t know should go to the expo.

“There’s over 316,000 people in the state of Colorado alone who live with diabetes today,” Sheila Beurket with the American Diabetes Association said.

There are about 26 million people living with diabetes nationwide. With so many people affected, Beurket says those who don’t know someone with diabetes soon will.

“Personally, my dad is a Type 2 diabetic and I have a 10-year-old nephew who’s a Type 1 diabetic. So I want to hopefully find a cure for him in his lifetime,” Beurket said.

The Diabetes EXPO is free and open to the public. There will be everything from free health screenings to free cooking and exercise demonstrations, as well as a family fun zone. The expo also caters those who only speak Spanish.

“We have a whole Latino zone that’s going to be staffed with bilingual staff and volunteers,” Beurket said.

Everyone is welcome; however there is a target audience for the expo — people with diabetes and their families, people at risk for diabetes and their families, and anyone interested in learning how to live a healthy and active lifestyle — plus those who have a desire to stop diabetes.

Diabetes disproportionately affects African-Americans and Latinos.

They’re expecting over 9,000 people to attend the one-day event. Entertainment legend Ben Vereen will be there to talk about living with diabetes. The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LINK: Diabetes EXPO

Comments (6)
  1. ToCheapToGetRepairs says:

    not surprise that there is a “latin zone”. where is our zone at for the germans? or we are not that importan to get one because we are not mexican race?

    1. Mike Fernandez says:

      Quit your cryin and go see what they got. Thats all anybody does anymore. Cry about everything. Dam!!!!

      1. John says:

        Mike your absolutely right. These people think that you don’t have a right to separate yourselves as part of the American Nation, and proclaim it the Latino Nation. Thank god you put that into prospective. Maybe some day they will understand. Our good neighbors to the South only deserve the best when they come over to visit and extend their stay. I don’t care to much not knowing what their saying to each other. I should learn a second language and really find out what their real needs and thought are, but that would be like prying in on a “Lation only” conversation and invading their space. I can’t help thinking that for some reason Latino people are Alienating themselves in America.

  2. Anna says:

    The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!!
    Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis
    The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank
    The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis
    A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity WITHOUT MEDICATIONS in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story
    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

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  4. Ted says:

    Is there a special booth there for chronic lard intoxiction?

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