ROPH to Host 'Know Your Sugar' Tour

Two world-renowned sculptors, along with Abbott Diabetes Care, will roll in to Rush Oak Park Hospital at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 to bring awareness about sugar consumption and to showcase sculptures made from hundreds of sugar cubes.  

The “Know Your Sugar Tour” is designed to educate people on the harmful effects of consuming too much sugar. The tour began in Chicago and will continue on a two-month northeastern driving route before concluding in Indianapolis at the American Association of Diabetes Educators conference.

Members of the community are invited to stop in to the Centennial Room (second floor, near cafeteria) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 20 to check out the sugar cube sculptures and learn more about sugar consumption and diabetes.   

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and one in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal.

“Diabetes causes high blood sugar when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells of the body are resistant to the insulin. It is a major cause of kidney failure, heart disease and stroke,” says Amy Folker, NP, CDE, who runs Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Project Lifestyle Change, a program to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. “It’s important the public stays educated on sugar consumption and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Click here for more information about Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Diabetes and Endocrine Center.