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Free Diabetes Conference to Take Place at Raritan Bay Area YMCA on Nov. 12

Multi-lingual Event Provides Health Screenings and Information to Local Community

Press Release 7/12/26
BRIDGEWATER/PERTH AMBOY – The American Diabetes Association will hold its 8th Annual Conferencia sobre la Diabetes (Diabetes Conference) on Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Perth Amboy, NJ at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, 357 New Brunswick Avenue. The conference will offer free health and wellness screenings, educational activities including seminars and demonstrations, and will stress the importance of healthy eating and physical fitness to aid in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk.  The conference will provide resources in English, Spanish and Hindi.

Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, including 12 percent of adults in New Jersey.  An estimated 235,000 in the state don’t know they have it and are at risk for developing deadly complications if not treated.

“Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without realizing that they have the disease,” said Barbara Ortiz, Director of Community Health Strategies for the Association.  “Many times an event like Conferencia is the first step for someone to begin a healthier lifestyle.”

Admission to the conference is free and pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register visit www.diabetes.org/conferencia. If you have questions, please call 732-469-7979, Ext. 3510.

This year’s conference is made possible through the generous support of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Novo Nordisk, Merck, Janssen, the Devils Care Foundation and the Raritan Bay Area YMCA.

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