Women Warriors raise diabetes awareness


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May 5, 2016 6:00 AM

Friday is National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day and Women Warriors is hosting a gathering at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre with guest speakers, vendors, activities with a side of free soup and bannock.
“There’s an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes within the Aboriginal population,” said Shelley Wiart, founder of Women Warriors.
“So I am hosting vendors that are all about holistic health and we’re also doing some yoga demonstrations, urban poling demonstrations and I’m having two very special guests.”
Those guests are speakers Evelyn Linklater and Florence Highway from the Saskatoon Canadian Diabetes Association, both of whom are Indigenous women with Type 2 diabetes.
They’ll be sharing their experiences with those who come to the event.
Wiart said they aren’t diabetes educators, but do have a great deal of first hand knowledge, which makes them relevant to the intended audience because of the shared experiences they have with the disease
Linklater and Highway will be having their presentation at 10:30 a.m. when they’ll talk about some of the tools diabetics use and extend information on blood sugar levels.
“There are a lot of barriers for aboriginal people in the medical system—first of all there’s racism, so sometimes (aboriginals) don’t want to access the services that are necessary, their diabetes goes unchecked and it gets worse and worse until it’s at a crisis state,” said Wiart. “So they’re just going to talk about their own experiences and how to be your own best advocate for in the healthcare system.”
Attendees are also encouraged to check out the vendors onsite like Mamata, natural organic skin care, and Young Essential Oils, which Wiart said is great for people with Type 2 diabetes because the oils increase circulation is the legs.
Eating Tree Holistic Consulting Services will also be there to offer nutrition counselling and Midwest Food Resources, who offer affordable fruits and vegetables.
Then Pure Vibe Studios will be doing a yoga demonstration.
Before lunch the Women Warriors will be showing people how to do urban poling, or Nordic walking as it’s sometimes called
“I do that in my program every Saturday, we just want people to come out and try it,” Wiart said.
“I have 20 sets of poles and you can come to the centre, then at 11:30 I’m going to give you poles and instruct you how to do it, and we can go outside and go for a walk before lunch.”
Wiart also wants people to know the whole community is welcome, as the event isn’t just for Aboriginal people, and she reminds everything at the event is free.

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