TriCounty Health Department has partnered with Ashley Regional Medical Center to bring you a fun, family oriented event. The first ever Family & Community Health Event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Uintah Recreation Center. The focus is on Diabetes Prevention and Care. There has been a lot of hard work go in to planning this event from not only TriCounty Health and Ashley Regional but the Uintah County School District, Painted Horse, USU Extension, and more.


1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 84 million adults have prediabetes, which means they’re not diabetic yet and they can take the steps necessary to PREVENT diabetes. Preventing diabetes is HUGE! In 2017, the cost of diabetes was over $327 billion, with $237 billion in direct medical costs such as amputations, hospitalizations, and insulin.


The average person with diabetes spends about $16,750 every year in costs related to diabetes. Right now L&L Motor Company has a 2016 Buick for sale for $18,000. You could almost pay cash for a Buick with your savings in diabetes prevention.


Living with diabetes is also very difficult, definitely manageable, but difficult. There are the constant demands of eating carefully, exercising, monitoring your blood glucose, scheduling, planning, dealing with the symptoms of a high or low glucose, dealing with complications, meeting regularly with your physician to manage diabetes.  So why wouldn’t you take the steps necessary to prevent diabetes?


So, what are those steps? The simple answer is eat better and move more. Make time for exercise. Make time for meals. But for a more in depth answer come to our Event on March 2, 2019 at the Uintah Recreation Center from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and learn more about diabetes. We will have booths so you can learn how to prevent diabetes and how to manage it. It is a family oriented event, there will be plenty of fun things to do like CREATE your own smoothie, play the Wheel of prizes, and earn tickets for our drawing. We have some really cool door prizes being donated, from coupons and gift certificates to local businesses like Soda Poppin’, and B-Fruity, to a three-hour bounce house rental from Jumpalot LLC. You’re not going to want to miss out on this event. We hope to see you there!


Again, it’s Family & Community Health at the Rec Center here in Vernal from 12:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. on March 2, 2019