Riding for diabetes awarness proves educational

The beginning of December marks the end of Baraga County’s “Go Blue” events for Diabetes Awareness month, but the awareness doesn’t stop there. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Health System holds monthly events to bring awareness and education to the community about Diabetes.

The upcoming event is the Ride and Learn on Dec. 9. It is a diabetes education event that focuses on teaching adults to prevent, detect, treat, and control it. Registration is required. The ride will depart the KBIC Health Dept. at 8:30 a.m. with the last destination being the Westwood Mall in Marquette.

“We’ve been doing it for over ten years,” said the KBIC Health System’s Health Promotions coordinator, Heather Wood-Paquet.

“Our goal is to help prevent diabetes for those who don’t have it and help control and treat it for those who do,” said Wood-Paquet.

In between the education aspects of the trip, there’s good times to be had.

“We do education through a lot of games. It’s a fun event. We have regulars that come back every year,” said Wood-Paquet.

For riders that are interested, there’s a stop at the TV6 Winter Craft Show in Marquette. Admission is $2. Then a lunch stop before reaching the mall and leaving at 3:30 p.m.

Along with Wood-Paquet as the health educator, there is a registered nurse and certified diabetes instructor, Kathy Mayo, and a registered dietician, Dale Schmeisser, on the ride to help educate and answer questions.

“We hope that they leave with education on diabetes, healthy living and nutrition,” said Wood-Paquet.

There are still a few spots available for the Ride and Learn. To register call 353-4521. The monthly diabetes events are solely for adults, but there are other programs and events for all ages.