Walk for Diabetes this weekend

Walkers, runners, bicyclers and skaters alike will join friends, family members, co-workers and pets to walk for a healthier Mississippi on Sunday, when Columbus hosts Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes at The Riverwalk, just south of U.S. 82 at U.S. 45.

Eupora will be represented in the Columbus Walk 2012.

Sponsored by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, the Walk for Diabetes has a 1 p.m. registration time, with the walk immediately following at 2 p.m. The walk is a one-mile “family fun” walk.

“Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes is an amazing way to show your support of loved ones with diabetes while raising diabetes awareness at the same time,” said Nancy Carpenter, Columbus honorary walk chairman.

“We want to promote healthy diabetes management and raise money for the cause of fighting and defeating diabetes in Mississippi, and I truly believe that, through these walks and the help of everyone who participates, we are capable of making a difference in the lives of the 373,000 Mississippians with diabetes.”

Every dollar raised stays in Mississippi to support the DFM’s mission of service to Mississippians with diabetes. These services include Sweet Subject — a free school program in which a DFM representative educates Mississippi teachers on preventative measures for diabetes emergencies and different ways to recognize and treat the symptoms of diabetes in students. Other programs sponsored by the DFM include: Camp Kandu — a biannual, fun-filled camp for children with diabetes as well as their parents.

Another service that benefits immensely from the support of walkers around the state who participate in Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes is church and community screenings. The DFM goes into communities around Mississippi and screens people who are unaware that they have diabetes, thus helping them take the first step toward a healthier life.

“Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes brings attention to a disease that affects nearly half of our state’s population in one way or another, and what better way to promote healthy lifestyles than to come out and get to the heart of diabetes by walking for diabetes research, educational programs and life-saving medical supplies,” Carpenter said. “So, come out and walk with us! We can’t wait to see you there!”

The DFM is the state’s only nonprofit health organization that provides diabetes information, patient services, advocacy, and research to the 373,000 Mississippians with diabetes.

Every dollar raised by the DFM stays in the state to support these efforts. In addition, 90 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the organization’s charitable purposes. For this reason, the DFM received the coveted, Charity Navigator four-star rating — the highest rating awarded to nonprofit organizations and a title given to only 25 percent of all charities. The DFM is the one diabetes organization totally dedicated to all Mississippians — from children to seniors — who live with diabetes.

For more information on the walk or to make a donation, log onto www.msdiabetes.org.