By Lani Hansen, Senior Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s 14th Annual Diabetes Awareness Summit has always been hosted in the Okmulgee/Glenpool area, but this year it will be virtual.
The presentations for the summit are now available on the Mvskoke Media’s YouTube page. There are seven different videos to watch, according to Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Torie Seymore, that people can binge watch or view.
“After watching these videos, people should contact their local clinic contact which is located on the summit flyer,” Seymore said.
Surveys are given when the local clinic for the participant contacts them. After completing the survey, return it to the contact person from the local clinic and they will give the participant an incentive bag. You must be 18 years or older to complete the survey and receive the incentive bag.
“The bag has a lot of great goodies in it so you can take care of your health and diabetes,” Seymore added.
The presentations that are going to be shown are Lifelong Intensity for Excerise, Decoding the Nutrition Facts Label, a cooking demo, Diabetes on the Go, Small and Simple Things, Eyes on your Diabetes, Relationship between Diabetes and Oral Health and Addressing Stress.
It is important for Native Americans, specifically to learn about diabetes because they are at higher risk. According to Seymore, it is important to be aware of staying healthy to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.
Seymore added, “If you do have diabetes or have family members with diabetes, it’s important to know how to take care of yourself and live a long healthy life with diabetes.”
With this year going virtual, Seymore said their main goal is to reach previous participants and those who have not been able to participate.
The presentations are viewable on Mvskoke Media’s Youtube Channel.