Exercising, healthy eating and managing weight can be difficult during the holidays, and that’s why Healthy Eatonville Place brought the “Gift of Health” event to the town of Eatonville.
The fun morning of healthy activities attracted more than 100 residents who participated in healthy cooking/eating workshops, Zumba dancing, a jingle bell walk and talks by doctors and health experts.
Retired professional football player Marcus Dupree also made a special appearance at the special event. Dupree, who has type 2 diabetes, says diabetics must be diligent in treating their condition. “Being an athlete, you always have to stay on top of your game and that is exactly what you have to do when you have diabetes,” Dupree said. “If you don’t, there will be unfortunate consequences.”
Dr. Andrew Martin, a Florida Hospital diabetes specialist, gave a talk on managing diabetes during the holidays. Parties, sweets and temptations abound during this season and can wreak havoc on diets and blood sugar. Continuing to test and monitor is critically important to staying healthy, Dr. Martin told the crowd.
“I thought I knew everything about diabetes, but I didn’t,” said one program participant. “It’s like going into a boxing ring without having studied your opponent and getting knocked out in the first round.” This older gentleman, who has completed several classes at Healthy Eatonville Place said that he has learned a lot and made changes since attending programs. “My diabetes has been better since this facility has been here. I’ve learned a lot here.”
Healthy Eatonville Place is a community-based center for education, wellness and diabetes programming and was started last May by Florida Hospital, the Winter Park Health Foundation, Healthy Central Florida (HCF) and Safnofi. Planning for the center was begun after a study by HCF uncovered incredibly high rates of diabetes in the town.