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2007.11.07> For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - e-mail: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

CCSW to Host World Diabetes Day Panel Discussion Nov. 14 at UNO

Omaha - In observance of World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) and Student Health Services (SHS) will present a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor's Room.  It is free and open to the public.

"Diabetes currently affects 246 million people around the world, including nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S.," said Marvel Maring, CCSW co-chair. "Join the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women for the first United Nations-observed World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from our panel of health professionals."

Attendees will hear from representatives from the field about at-risk candidates and those living with diabetes.  Literature on the discussed topics will also be available and time allotted for a question-and-answer session.

Marcia Adler, R.N., director of SHS and CCSW member, will serve as the moderator.  Guest panelist and exercise physiologist Kris Berg is a professor in the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and has taught at UNO since 1971.  Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, he has written a book and spoken about diabetes for several years.  Panelist Joni Pagenkemper, R.D., is a researcher at Creighton Diabetes and Endocrinology and a registered dietitian for Creighton Community Health Center.  She also works with diabetic and cardiac patients at Creighton University Medical Center.  Her research is in adolescent diabetes.

"This disease touches everyone. How to get appropriate care is the real question," Adler said. "Student Health Services offers diabetes testing for a nominal fee.  Fasting is required for the test — information on this process will be discussed at the panel."

Light refreshments will be served, and participants are invited to bring their lunches.

The event is being held in conjunction with the CCSW's Susan B.'s Coffeehouse Series.  During the fall and spring semesters, the series sponsors campus and community guest speakers and initiatives.  Programs are designed to be educational, informal and social.

For more information, contact CCSW co-chairs Maring at 402.554.2992 or Becky Bohan Brown at 402.554.2243.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C – Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/.

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