CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Over the weekend, many people from the Charleston community had a chance to get diabetes education and screening, for free.
Statistics from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, or DHEC, have the state as the 10th highest in the nation for the percent of its population with diabetes. Additionally, in 2006, hospital costs related to diabetes treatment in South Carolina came in at just under $200 million.
"My passion is just to get the community healthy," said Lorna Shelton Beck, also founder of the Healthy Lifestyle Network.
The network hosted its 14th Annual Community Health Day, inside the International Longshoreman's Association, on Morrison Drive, and saw a steady crowd for most of the day.
Lowcountry doctors, dieticians, and retailers were also on hand to offer tips on diabetes management and prevention.
"I'm not sure we fully realize how severe the impact of diabetes is," Beck added.
DHEC suggests, if left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes or amputations.
Saturday, expo participants could also sign up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
One woman walked away with a premium of $0.12 per month.