PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation will be holding a “walk for health” on Saturday, November 17, to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Day, which was observed on November 14.
The event is scheduled to start at 6:00am at Belair Community Centre in Cay Hill (opposite St. Maarten Medical Center), where tickets will also be available.
Walkers will go over Link One onto Front Street, make a left turn onto Juancho Yrausquin Boulevard, head onto Sucker Garden Road, make a left turn onto Arch Road, head onto A.Th. Illidge Road and Zagersgut Road, make a right turn on Bush Road, left on A.J.C. Brouwer Road, left on Cay Hill Road and back to the Belair Community Centre.
The foundation said in a press release that controlling diabetes in daily life involves many things such as medication, monitoring glucose levels, meal planning and movement.
“It is especially this last point that often gets the least attention [because persons are – Ed.] too tired, too busy, too late [and have] no time,” the foundation said. “With this walk, the Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten wants to promote your awareness of this crucial element of living a healthy lifestyle. The need for physical exercise as part of your daily life not only applies to people with diabetes, but it is important for all of us.”
Tickets for the walk cost US $10 each and include a T-shirt, breakfast sandwich, fruits and water.
The St. Maarten Red Cross will be on hand for the walkers’ added safety. Red Cross members will patrol the route and be of assistance to anyone in need.
There will be several water-stops along the route. At the end of the walk participants can make use of the free glucose testing, blood pressure measuring and total cholesterol screening that will be available.
“Remember – your health is your wealth and everything should be done to safeguard and enhance its value,” the foundation said.