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Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 20:03

Diabetes Day

Cassandra Ufner / The Cube

A student gathers information about Diabetes. March 23 was Diabetes Alert Day 2010.

Diabetes Day 2

Cassandra Ufner / The Cube

I'm a full-time Communications student at BC3, in addition to holding down a full-time, legit, job. Like many on campus, the words "group project" makes my skin cringe.

While working on a small group community service project to fulfill a requirement for my Small Group Communication Class, I learned that it doesn't have to be so bad. I brainstormed with my fellow group members, and thought of ideas outside the box. Even though a requirement for class was to create an original event and implement a plan, we utilized concepts that were already established.

With March being Diabetes Awareness Month, I pulled resources from a local organization, The Diabetes Management Center at Butler Memorial Hospital. Our group hit the jackpot when the professional Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician had Diabetes Alert Day 2010 free! Kathy and Brenda were more than thrilled to host our awareness event and we were thrilled to have them!

Even though a press release was sent to The Cube for advertising, and a few last minute flier distribution attempts were made, the strategic location of the event made all the difference. Located in the Student Success Center, immediately outside of the bookstore, we were able to capture the attention of students, faculty, and community members.

The Diabetes Management Center was not only able to educate passerby's on diabetes, they were able to answer general nutrition questions, assist students with upcoming projects and education on services available at Butler Health System.

Moral is, if one person in the group can take charge, delegate responsibilities and do their best to hold all members accountable for their work, the words "group project" do not have to lead to an instant migraine!

For more information on controlling your Diabetes or to learn about your personal risk factors, visit www.diabetes.org or contact the Diabetes Management Center at Butler Memorial Hospital directly by calling 724-284-4374.

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