Lions aim worldwide is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes through education and testing. We can help by organising awareness events and, for the more adventurous, diabetes screenings.
Members of Coventry Leofric Lions partnered up with Silver Star Diabetic Testing and 105CW’s Diabetic Officer Lion Karam Bharij to run an information and awareness stall at our summer event. Along side engaging with hundreds of members of the community we encouraged people to get tested for Type Two diabetes.
During the day we screened 51 adults, we identified 7 people who are at a Very High Risk and needed to get input from their GP as a priority, we had 11 people who are at a High Risk, along with 27 medium risk and 6 people who were at Low Risk. All were given advice and guidance on changes to diet and exercise regimes and sign posted to local NHS Health Services.
Alongside this we measured peoples blood glucose level, 39 people had a level that was within national guide lines, 12 people were higher than the acceptable parameters and these were advised to see their GP as a matter of urgency. A great service activity that has made a real difference to peoples lives in Coventry, we are looking forward to future partnerships with the District and our fellow lions in Coventry and across the Midlands.
Ross on Wye Lions Club held their second stall (run by Diabetes UK Hereford) promoting Diabetes awareness in Ross Market Place. Organised by Lion David Ravenscroft, this is a Service Project of Ross Lions Club and part of a programme of Diabetes awareness events, the first of which was held in May.
Ross on Wye has a Carnival on the first Saturday of August. Ross Lions always have stalls, especially free games for children and once again a Punch and Judy visited. Alongside that fun there was the third Diabetes Awareness session and this time Ross Lions supported the Diabetes volunteers to make health assessments available free of charge.
Lions from Zone E Clubs Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Malvern Hills, Redditch and Worcester attended the Worcester Show on 9th August 2019 to offer free diabetes testing to members of the public. With the help of a testing van and staff from Silver Star Diabetic Testing, the Lions were able to offer free tests to 84 people and, of those, 13 were referred to their GP.
Lions Clubs of Worcestershire ( Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Malvern Hills, Redditch and Worcester ) sponsored a Silver Star Diabetic Testing van to attend the Young Farmers Rally at Kerswell Green, Worcester on May 25th 2019. Free tests were given to 85 members of the public, and 12 people were recommended to consult with their GP following the tests.
If you want to find out how you can help with our Diabetes projects, find you local Club here