Find out what's happening at the Edward Diabetes Center:
School Nurse Program
Each fall we provide education to 80-100 school nurses from the Chicago-land area on management of Type 1 diabetes in the school system. This year our speakers were Representative Tom Cross who spoke about legislation regarding managing diabetes in the school. Dr. Stelios Mantis provided an overview of type 1 diabetes management, and a representative from the American Diabetes Association provided a review of the many resources available to families whose child has type 1 diabetes.
Governor Quinn signed a bill designating November 14 "Diabetes Awareness Day" in Illinois annually. Under the new law, every Nov. 14 will be "Diabetes Awareness Day" in the state of Illinois. November is American Diabetes Month, and more than 800,000 Illinois residents are living with the disease, double the number 20 years ago. Sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), House Bill 5003 is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and educate Illinois residents about how to live healthier and prevent the disease. Link here for more information.
The governor signed the new law at Edward Hospital, which provides counseling and extensive education for individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes Awareness Day events include the following at Edward Hospital:
Free blood glucose screening at BP in Naperville
Press conference participation at Navistar in Naperville. Link here for a news story on this event.