DMC to Host “Step out and Walk for Diabetes”

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ELKINS, W.Va. — Davis Medical Center will host “Step Out and Walk for Diabetes” on Friday, Nov. 1 in downtown Elkins.

The event is aimed at raising awareness about diabetes by providing education, screenings, and demonstrations related to the diagnosis and management of diabetes. 

“Slightly more than 15 percent of our Randolph County adult population is diagnosed with diabetes,” said Sonya Phares-Weiford, RDN and clinical dietitian for Davis Medical Center. “The number actually increases when you consider those who are pre-diabetic and have not yet been diagnosed.”

Phares-Weiford said awareness is the first step to making a difference in the community and in the lives of people with type 2 diabetes. 

The activities kick off at 5 p.m. with a community walk from the Elkins Main Street office at 204 Davis Avenue to the Elkins Randolph County YMCA. Activities planned at the YMCA include important diabetes screenings and a brief presentation by special guest, Dr. Jeremy Soule.

Dr. Soule is an endocrinologist with WVU Medicine and treats many individuals from the Randolph County area.

“We’re very pleased to have Dr. Soule as part of our event. He’s widely respected throughout the state for his expertise and care of those with diabetes,” Phares-Weiford added.

Additionally, healthy refreshments and door prizes will be awarded to those who attend/participate.

All activities are free and open to the public.  Contact Phares-Weiford for more information or with questions by emailing phares.sonya@davishealthsystem.org.