2017-12-14 / Local & State

SF Brings Attention To Diabetes


Pictured, left, are the top-three poster winners and the presenters: first place – Adria Gordon; special diabetes educator Gwen Morral; third place – Katelyn Bard; second-place winner – Jessie Covalt; and dietician presenter Kathy Snyder. Pictured, left, are the top-three poster winners and the presenters: first place – Adria Gordon; special diabetes educator Gwen Morral; third place – Katelyn Bard; second-place winner – Jessie Covalt; and dietician presenter Kathy Snyder. Southern Fulton High School brought attention to diabetes during its recent SF Diabetes Awareness Week. The week was used to educate students/staff by raising awareness about the disease and supporting those who suffer from diabetes.

During the week, there were facts and information presented during the morning announcements, a poster contest, an assembly and activities for students participation. More than 200 students took part during the weeklong event of “special dress code” days: PJ day, camo day, sweats day, team-up day and Blue /Gray day for World Diabetes Day. Tuesday, the student body participated in an interactive assembly presented by Gwen Morral and Kathy Snyder of Fulton County Medical Center that featured information about awareness and symptoms of diabetes as well as ways to prevent it.

They also provided healthy snacks for students who answered diabetes trivia. The winners of the poster contest were announced at the assembly and awarded prizes.

On Thursday, exercise was promoted to prevent diabetes, so students were permitted to walk the track during their lunch period after they finished eating.

The weeklong program was organized by Rodney Leese and Julie Dickerhoff as part of the OTDA (Organ Tissue Donation Awareness) grant. This year Southern Fulton is-focusing on health issues that can lead to the need for organ tissue transplants and ways to help prevent them.

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