Free Diabetes Health Fair in La Jolla Set for April 15

La Jolla, Calif. – San Diego County residents who have diabetes or know someone affected by the disease can learn more about the latest treatments and support care available at the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Health Fair April 15, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.

Attendees will be introduced to the newest diabetes medications and cutting-edge technologies, available diabetes education classes, support groups, diabetes products and clinical trial programs provided by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and Project Dulce. Pharmaceutical representatives also will be on site to demonstrate the latest in blood glucose meters and other diabetes products.

During the fair, guest lecturer Dr. Matthew J. Levine, endocrinologist at Scripps Clinic, will present “*Tips to Help You Manage Your Diabetes*,” beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Whittier BMS classroom located on the second floor. He will also be available for an “*Ask the Doctor*” question-and-answer session.

The fair is free and open to the general public and clinical professionals and light refreshments will be served. The Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute is located on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus at 9894 Genesee Ave. Free on-site parking is available. For more information about the event, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS, or Stephanie Decker at 858-626-5669.

About Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute

Founded in 1982, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute (SWDI) is Southern California’s leading diabetes center of excellence. The mission of SWDI is to improve the quality of life for individuals with diabetes through innovative education programs, clinical care, research and collaborations that pursue prevention and a cure. The SWDI operates programs in patient self-management education, clinical research, community-based diabetes care, prevention, professional training and education, and basic science research.

The program has satellite locations throughout San Diego County and supports the five hospital campuses within the Scripps Health system.

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,750 affiliated physicians and 13,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and ambulatory care network of physician offices and 19 outpatient centers and clinics. Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education.

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