The largest State of Diabetes the American Diabetes Association has ever held in the United States took place Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Volusia County. This year’s event held at the Ocean Center had over 500 attendees, 25 vendors and 12 guest speakers.
The American Diabetes Association State of Diabetes is a community event that features panel of experts who lead a discussion on patient education related to diabetes management, prevention and overall health and wellness. The event also included free eye screenings, flu shots and an expert to help attendees know their health numbers and risks which could keep them from living life to the fullest. Presenting sponsors included The Lohman Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Halifax Health and Lowell & Nancy Lohman. Premier sponsors included Bank of America, Walgreens, Florida Blue, Florida Retina Institute, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk.
“There were so many amazing take-aways,” said John Guthrie. “Our keynote Presenter Chris Ruden, a world record holding powerlifter who was born with a birth defect and later diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, shared his message of thriving with diabetes by overcoming adversity by practicing mastering change management. I think attendees left with a fresh perspective on the choices we can make based on the situations we experience.”
“This was an opportunity for community members and caregivers from across central Florida to get together for the latest news on treatments and technology for diabetes. The Volusia County community came together to be proactive and lead the fight against diabetes. The ADA is pleased to host this annual event in Volusia County with Halifax Health and the Lohman Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology,” said Mica Lill.
Program presenters covered all aspects of diabetes care including audiology, neuropathy, oral health, would care, eye care and cardiovascular care. New diabetes technology including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices as well as basic diabetes care and nutrient basics were including in the all-day conference as well as a focus on mind, body, and spirit.
The Lohmans presented the American Diabetes Association with a $100,000 donation at the conference. “November is national diabetes awareness month,” said Lowell Lohman, who plans to continue his and his wife Nancy’s efforts to help those with Diabetes receive clinical care and educational support. “Our vision for The Lohman Center for Diabetes includes endocrinology clinical care, nutrition and education and community outreach,” Nancy Lohman added.
This was the third conference The Lohman Diabetes Center has held for the benefit of all community members. Since its founding the Lohman Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Halifax Health has been responsible for seeing over 1,200 patients diagnosed with diabetes, providing diabetes education classes and supported community outreach. The center is growing with the need and plans to add a Nurse Navigator, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a second endocrinologist.
According to Lowell Lohman, “We poked the 800 pound gorilla (Halifax Health) and they are working with us to help as many people with diabetes as we can.”
For information about diabetes and the Lohman Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology:
Call – 386.425.DIAB, or visit them on the web at halifaxhealth.org/diabetes
Mica Lill, Executive Director, Florida
American Diabetes Association
Mobile: 386-405-9889, MLill@diabetes.org
John Guthrie, Vice President Communications
Mobile: 386-233-5768, firstname.lastname@example.org