The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Division of Public Health held its walk for Diabetes Awareness Month at Oleai Beach last Wednesday.DPH’s Non-communicable Disease Bureau held the “Walk on Wednesday” as a means to promote awareness of how diabetes can affect one’s health.
Over 20 attended the walk, which started at 4pm and ended at 6pm.
NCD also had a blood pressure and blood sugar checkup for walkers, while Hatha Day Yoga instructors held a brief yoga exercise for participants before the walk.
Northern Marianas College nursing students and Hardt Eye Clinic helped with the blood pressure and blood sugar level check.
NCD Bureau administrator Becky Robles said those who were found with high blood pressure or sugar levels were referred to the Commonwealth Health Center or other private clinic.
She said their goal is to get people moving more. “This walk was held so that people can be more aware of their health,” Robles said.
She said free health screenings are being done at the hospital’s Family Care Clinic throughout the month of November. The screenings are ongoing until Nov. 28.
In a separate interview, CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña said these activities are being done to make everyone aware of their health.
“It is better to get yourself checked now than later because you never know what might happen to yourself,” Muña said.