The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi was in Meridian for a specific cause Tuesday,
Kim Ferguson from The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi was joined by Miss Mississippi Christine Kozlowski in Meridian at Citizens National Bank to promote diabetes awareness and education.
"Ninety-fine percent of anyone who has diabetes has type 2 diabetes," said Ferguson. "Type 2 diabetes is linked very strongly to poor eating habits, life style choices basically, obesity, poor eating habits, and so forth."
Miss Mississippi, whose platform is diabetes awareness education, was the special guest speaker. Her family has a history of diabetes, and she was on hand to help promote diabetes awareness.
"Having a family history and having this as my platform and having this title gives me such, almost an obligation to actually stand up for what I know is right and stand up for what I believe is such a strong subject and so relevant, not only to my family, but to my state and to my country," Kozlowski said.
Following the news conference, a free blood glucose screening was made available to anyone who wanted it. These blood glucose screenings are quick and simple and can detect diabetes. Also on hand was a dietitian to discuss healthy eating habits to help prevent diabetes.
"We have a brochure that we mail out throughout the year. It's 'Wake Up Mississippi.' It's got all of the warning signs, risk factors. It's got a risk test in it," said Ferguson. "That's one way that they can start to be proactive."
For more information on diabetes you may call the Diabetes Foundation at 1-877-DFM-CURE.