Diabetes is a rising epidemic throughout the United States. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased almost four-fold in the last 25 years and the number continues to increase at an alarming rate. Central Pennsylvania is no exception - diabetes is affecting more and more residents and placing an ever-increasing strain on patients, their families, health care professionals and community services ... but there is hope. There is much people can do to minimize their chances of becoming diabetic and those who are already diabetic have the power to take control of their diabetes and dramatically reduce the risk of complications. People Centre'D On Diabetes (PCOD) is a grassroots organization formed to empower the community - people with diabetes and those not diabetic alike - to address the diabetes epidemic and make central Pennsylvania a healthier place to live. Our activities focus on increasing people's knowledge, on helping them develop healthy and realistic beliefs about diabetes, and on promoting healthy change in behavior of individuals with diabetes, people at risk, their families, friends, neighbors and society in general.
Special fundraising event sponsored by Centre Foundation
People Centre'D on Diabetes is participating in a 36 hour online fundraising event sponsered by the Centre Foundation from 6am May 22nd until 6pm May 23rd. This is the time to support your favorite non-profit organization, as the amount you give will increase by just donating to PCOD during this special event.
PCOD receives grant from Mount Nittany Medical Center
Mount Nittany presented People Centre'd on Diabetes with a check for $1,000 to match a grant the organization received from the Centre County Community Foundation for a planned speakers' bureau. The grant will be used to purchase A1C testing kits for community health events to complement the speaker series.
Other actions to date:
- Created a speaker’s bureau to share PCOD’s mission / vision / purpose / plans
- Created a list of Community Resources
Publish monthly article in Centre Daily Times titled “Centre’D on Diabetes”
Partners and supporters:
- Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity
- Mount Nittany Medical Center
- Centre Daily Times
- United Way of Centre County
- Ace Hardware of State College
- Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
- Corner Room and Allen Street Grill
- Penn State Bryce Jordan Center
- Bellefonte Courthouse