Senate Passes Resolution Establishing November as Diabetes Awareness Month
Hertzberg to follow up with health fair in Pacoima on Saturday providing health screenings to help prevent the onset of diabetes
SACRAMENTO – Helping to highlight a growing disease that afflicts millions of Californians, the Senate today passed a resolution by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, declaring November 2017 “Diabetes Awareness Month.”
SR 37 encourages Californians to identify their risk of developing diabetes and pursue changes in their diet and take other measures, if necessary, to protect their health. California has the largest number of people with diabetes of any state in the nation, and more than 90 percent have type 2 diabetes, a condition that can be prevented.
“We know that diabetes has been on the rise for years, and that it is rampant in communities of color,” Hertzberg said. “We need to get the word out that diabetes is a big danger and you can avoid getting it by taking some simple steps to improve your health.”
More than 1 in 7 California adults have diabetes, and 1 in 3 California adults has prediabetes, a condition that can cause severe complications, such as blindness and nerve damage. Not only does the disease devastate people individually, both physically and financially, but it costs more than $27 billion a year to treat.
“Latinos in California are disproportionately affected by type II diabetes, which has direct negative health, economic and social consequences for communities across the state,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso, Executive Director for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. “This diabetes resolution elevates the need to invest in policies and programs to build healthy communities in California, and especially urges Latinos to empower themselves with knowledge by getting screened for type II diabetes and begin taking the necessary steps to manage this preventable disease.”
People diagnosed with prediabetes who take steps to improve their lifestyles can dramatically reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The resolution calls for continued investment to improve community outcomes to combat this disease, which claims 8,000 lives a year in California and is the seventh leading cause of death in the nation.
Health Fair Saturday
Hertzberg is joining with U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif.; Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando; Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez; and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California to put on a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Branford Park in Pacoima.
The fair will include free health evaluations and testing for cholesterol, glucose levels and vision. For more information, contact Marco Santana in Hertzberg’s District Office at (818) 901-5588.
“Ensuring our community has access to the health resources they need is crucial,” Cárdenas said. “I appreciate Senator Hertzberg’s efforts to coordinate this health fair and connect folks with critical health services.”
"I am beyond excited to help bring these services to our community,” Bocanegra said. “The residents of our neighborhood deserve access to the best affordable health care, and the resources of this Health Fair will help provide that."
"Few things are as important as the health of our families and communities,” Martinez said. “This health fair will give residents of the San Fernando Valley an opportunity to learn about resources available to them, and get important information on how to keep their families healthy. I invite everyone in the Valley to attend!"
Bob Hertzberg, chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water, represents nearly 1 million San Fernando Valley residents of Senate District 18, which includes part of Burbank and the following communities in Los Angeles: Arleta, Granada Hills, Hansen Dam, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, North Hollywood, part of Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, part of Sun Valley, Sylmar, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, the City of San Fernando and Universal City. See a district map at http://sd18.senate.ca.gov/district. After serving in the Assembly from 1996-2002, including two years as Speaker, Hertzberg invested in solar, wind and electric-car projects; and worked for structural changes in government through the Think Long Committee of California. Learn more at www.senate.ca.gov/hertzberg.
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Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
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Sacramento, CA 95814