November is American Diabetes Month and Monroe College is doing its part to raise awareness and understanding of the disease. The Monroe College Stop Diabetes Initiative aims to educate its students, faculty and staff on preventing and dealing with diabetes by promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.
On November 14th in New Rochelle and November 20th in the Bronx, the College held its first “Vegucation” events, which offered healthy snacks and information on the disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States.
“As a leader in our community, it is so important we provide the tools and information for diabetes prevention,” commented Director of Alumni Relations, Leslie Jerome, who is heading the College’s initiative. “The disease is prevalent, but it is also preventable. We want to make meaningful contributions to the cause by educating the members of our community on healthy living choices.”
Monroe’s initiative has been supported by several departments in the College, including Human Resources, Food Services, and Allied Health.
“Our Human Resources department helps to promote our events and does its part in distributing documents with useful information and additional resources,” says Jerome. “And Food Services has gone above and beyond by creating healthy, delicious recipes and sharing them with our students, faculty and staff.”
On November 25th, twenty students from the Allied Health Department ventured to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx to learn more about how diet affects health.
“We want to battle this epidemic by educating our students rather aggressively, and the Montefiore presentation did that pretty effectively,” commented Dean of the Allied Health Department, Jerry Kostroff.
Monroe’s “Vegucation” events have raised over $200 for the American Diabetes Association and the College has chosen to benefit the ADA at several other events.
“American Diabetes Month may be over come December 1st, but we will continue to raise awareness and healthy living long after that,” Jerome promises. “Teaching our community about nutrition could help to offset the diabetes epidemic, and that’s important.”