Okmulgee Diabetes Summit Free And Open To Public

Friday, August 6th 2010, 4:09 pm
By: News On 6


OKMULGEE, OK -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will hold the 4th Annual Diabetes Citizens Summit on Tuesday, August 17. The conference is free and open to the public.

"This exciting conference in Okmulgee will focus on finding ways to stop the rapid spread of one of the world's most damaging, costly and preventable diseases," said Thompson Gouge, public relations manager for the MCN.

"Several well known diabetes experts from around the country have been invited to share their knowledge and latest discoveries," he said.

Free health screenings will be available from the booths manned by health industry exhibitors. There will be giveaways at exhibitor booths, and lunch will be provided both days.

Site: First Baptist Church of Okmulgee, 311 W. 5th Street on the northwest corner of 5th Street and Seminole Avenue.

Tuesday, August 17

  • Screening: 7:00 to 8:15 a.m. (Fasting if Cholesterol desired)
  • Choice of walking or yoga, 7:30 a.m.
  • Registration: 7 to 8 a.m.
  • Summit Program: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

One speaker at the summit is Dr. Darryl Tonemah, a member of the Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora tribes. Tonemah has worked in the field of health and wellness for more than 20 years. He has given workshops and keynotes across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Also, Dr. Michael Bryer-Ash, the Oklahoma IHS Area Diabetes Consultant. He was formerly the Director of the UCLA Gonda Diabetes Center, as well as Associate Chief of the UCLA Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension.

His research interests center on the causes of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes and their association with vascular disease.