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Annual Diabetes Fair set at FVH

Monday, October 29, 2012

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Floyd Valley Hospital will host a diabetes fair Monday, Nov. 12.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. in the lower level conference center of the hospital.

There is no charge and pre-registration is not necessary. The event includes vendor displays, give aways, educational programs and door prizes.

A diabetic spaghetti meal will be provided along with heart healthy frozen treats from Wells Blue Bunny.

The fair is offered as a way to provide education, information, and networking opportunities for area diabetics and community members, according to a press release.

A number of diabetes experts will be available at the fair to discuss meters, medications, insulin pumps, specialized shoes, and many other topics related to diabetes self-management.

Marcia Young, a 30-year diabetic, and former Le Mars resident who now resides in Spirit Lake, will share her story, "LIVING Everyday with Diabetes."

Her goal is to share the importance of successfully managing diabetes.

Dr. Sara Oelke, podiatrist at Siouxland Podiatry Associates, PC, will share how diabetes can affect the feet.

She will provide information on diabetes and problems involving the feet, the diabetic foot exam, diabetic foot education and foot care.

Oelke is a native of the Black Hills, S.D., area and started her undergraduate education at Black Hills State University.

She attended Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery for medical school and graduated in the top 25 percent of her class in 2005.

A three-year surgical residency followed at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich., from 2005 to 2008.

In 2008, Oelke joined Siouxland Podiatry and works mainly in the Le Mars office.

She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Iowa Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

She is also a young physicians liaison for the Health Policy Committee for the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Sara Oelke and her husband have four children including two sets of twins.

The schedule for the Nov. 12 diabetes fair is:

5 p.m. - Doors open

5-6:30 p.m. - Vendor displays and spaghetti meal served

6:30-7:15 p.m. - "LIVING Everyday with Diabetes" by Marcia Young

7:15-7:30 p.m. - Floyd Valley Hospital Diabetes Self-Management

7:30-8:15 p.m. - "Diabetic Foot Care" by Dr. Sara Oelke, DPM

8:15 p.m. - Door prizes

The public is invited to this event. The Diabetic Support Group will not meet in the month of November. For more information, call 546-3401 or 800-642-6074, Ext. 401.

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