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CITY OF LAS CRUCES

City Hall lights up for Diabetes Awareness Month; Diabetes Expo is Nov. 14

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The west side of Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St., will be lit in blue every night through Monday, Nov. 30 in observance of national Diabetes Awareness Month, the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

Blue LED floodlights have been temporarily installed at the base of each of 10 columns on the west side of City Hall, facing Main Street. They were first turned on at dusk Nov. 12.

The nonprofit Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach (SNMDO)is encouraging businesses and organizations to help promote public awareness and support for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County residents who have diabetes. SNMDO has been in Las Cruces since 1998.

From blood glucose screening tests conducted on 1,300 people, SNMDO determined that 42 percent of those tests revealed blood glucose levels above acceptable levels, indicating a large number of residents who have diabetes, the news release said It is estimated that one in three U.S. residents has diabetes. Body mass index tests that were also conducted indicated that as many as 63 percent of those tested were overweight, which is a leading cause of diabetes.

SNMDO will conduct its 16th annual Diabetes Expo, a free virtual conference, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. The conference will include healthcare professionals who will share useful information for diabetics on diet, exercise and other topics. To register, visit www.snmdo.org.

For more information, call the SNMDO office at 575-522-0289.