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Diabetes Awareness Campaign

Island doctors today announced the launch of an aggressive diabetes awareness campaign to help prevent and better manage diabetes in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palatka, Palm Coast and Daytona Beach, FL. Island Doctors community relations teams will set up complimentary health screenings (glucose, hypertension, & BMI), offer educational information, and physician lecture series on prevention and treatment.

"In areas where there is no activity and a need, we will create an event tailored to engage the public in a health dialog. We are also partnering with civic organizations, places of faith, community centers, and work-places where activities are already established. Our goal is to take the resources used in the “Docs” office and pour into communities we serve," said Marcus Williams, Community Liaison, Island Doctors.

Diabetes affects approximately 26 million lives in the US, with nearly half of them being senior citizens. The reality of America’s obesity and diabetes epidemics and their resulting effects on national health care costs are well-established. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop.  “It’s never too late to improve health. Many can avoid the condition with a few simple lifestyle modifications. There are others who need more medical counseling and coaching, than they get from a routine office visit. This epidemic is important enough for us to come out the office, creatively generate awareness, and provide healthy options that will enhance seniors quality of life”, stated Roy Hinman II, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Island Doctors.

Island Doctors has several events on the horizon that address diabetes. All of the following present an interesting twist on prevention and treatment. Some include complimentary health screenings and/or a physician lecture series entitled, “Handle on Health”:

  • July 17, 2013 3p-5p “Cheers to your Health” Location: Allegro Senior Living, St. Augustine, FL.
  • July 25, 2013 6p-7p “Island Doctors Weigh Down” Crescent City, FL.
  • August 2, 2013 6p-10p “Jacksonville Senior Prom” Location: Prime Osborn Center, Jacksonville, FL.
  • August 10, 2013 11a-2p “Bridging the Gap Health and Education Expo” Ocean way, Jacksonville, FL.
  • August 10, 2013 2p-8p “Veterans Appreciation Day” St. Augustine VFW, St. Augustine, FL.
  • August 13, 2013 12p-1p “Talk to Doc” (Broadcast) WSOS 99.5 FM/ 1170 AM, St. Augustine, FL.
  • August 22, 2013 7a-730a “Diabetes Interview with Dr. Keller” Broadcast WSBB 1230/1490 AM New Smyrna Beach, FL.
  • August 26, 2013 8a The Council on Aging Championship Golf Tournament. World Golf Village. St. Augustine, FL.
  • August 29, 2013 11a-2p “Diabetes Awareness Symposium and Open House” New Smyrna Beach, FL.
  • September 28, 2013 8a-1:30p “Breast Cancer and Health Symposium” Jacksonville Omni Hotel, Jacksonville, FL.

If you would like more information about this topic, or have an event in your community that Island Doctors can partner with, please call Marcus Williams at (904) 794-2711 or email Marcus at


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