Members of the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club recently gathered in support of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop-University Hospital to present two charitable donations totaling $12,000.
A final pledge payment for $10,000 was directed to Winthrop’s Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program – a unique program designed to promote lifestyle changes among those with pre-diabetes and stem the rise in type 2 diabetes. With this donation, the Mineola Lions Club fulfills its $100,000 pledge made in 2007, which funded the creation of the Pre-Diabetes Program at Winthrop.
A separate $2,000 donation will support the Center’s Kids Interested in Diabetes (KIDS) Program – an interactive educational program designed to teach children ages seven to 12 about diabetes through games and activities.
“We are deeply appreciative of the Mineola Lions support of Winthrop’s comprehensive diabetes prevention and support programs,” Winthrop Diabetes and Obesity Institute Executive Director Virginia Peragallo-Dittko said in a release. “The Lions Club’s commitment to combating diabetes and its effects has been instrumental in our success offer diabetes prevention services to the community.”
The diabetes center has been serving the community for the past 34 years and was the first nationally accredited diabetes outpatient program in New York State.