A benefit for Teri Allmeroth will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the South Tahoe Middle School multipurpose room. Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families.
Friends and colleagues of Teri Allmeroth will host a chili cook-off as a fundraising event to help offset medical expenses, which have occurred due to Allmeroth’s battle with cancer. There are many ways in which people can help. They can enter a prize-winning chili in the cook-off, supply baked goods for the bake sale, volunteer to help at the event, or donate something to the silent auction.
To volunteer, donate items, help at the event, obtain a chili entry form, or for more information, contact Birgit Lukins at South Tahoe High School, (530) 541-4111, ext. 221.
Contestants’ responsibility includes a $25 entry fee, minimum of two gallons of chili, poster with the name and category of your chili, a source to keep your chili warm, any condiments you might need for toppings, a container for chili votes, and some decorations for your area.
Diabetes Expo this Saturday at college
The Barton Diabetes Education Program will host a free Diabetes Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Tahoe Community College.
This informative day will include guest speakers, booths, free diabetes screening, free blood pressure checks, free foot exams, raffles and a Kid’s Corner. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be available as well. Flu shots are $20 and pneumonia vaccines are $30.
At 10:15 a.m. Claude Lardinois, MD will speak on “Taking Charge of Your Diabetes.” At 11:15 a.m. Jamie Deem, RD, CDE, will present “Pre-Diabetes: What You Need to Know About Prevention.” At 12:30 p.m. Dr. Patricia Ferraro will speak about “Foot Care: Keeping You on Your Toes.”
Serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage and lower-limb amputations are all direct results of type 2 diabetes. Comprehensive foot care can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent. And detecting and treating early diabetic kidney disease by lowering blood pressure can reduce the decline in kidney function by 30 to 70 percent.
Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at serious risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, 6.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease. If current trends continue, one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
For more information on the Diabetes Expo, call (530) 543-5548.