On May 5th, 2017 at the downtown Watsonville Plaza, volunteers from the Regional Diabetes Collaborative (RDC), gathered to provide diabetes prevention education and blood glucose screenings to local residents attending the Watsonville Certified Farmer’s Market. Against a backdrop of music and sunshine, local residents turned out in high numbers to enjoy the many activities provided. Students from the Watsonville High School Health Academy supervised children’s games, led CPR demonstrations, and participated in taking participants’ blood pressure, while students from the Cabrillo College Nursing Program assisted staff from the Diabetes Health Center in providing free glucose screenings. A highlight of the event was the free raffle for a bicycle, two scooters, two tablets, Ninja blenders, and much more. The RDC would like to thank the 30 participating organizations that also made the Health Fair a success! Special thanks to Si Se Puede for helping set up, and to Kaiser Permanente for their “Skin Cancer Awareness” table and their medical staff consultations.

The Regional Diabetes Collaborative (a project of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust) is a membership organization of 40 public and private entities from Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. The Health Fair is its annual community outreach and education event. For more information, contact Francisco Estrada at (831) 761-5695.

Diabetes Health Fair