JACKSON TWP. Members of the Jackson Township Lions Club bundled up to keep warm on their walk through North Park the morning of Nov. 14. The group got together to walk in recognition of World Diabetes Day.
While the club has 40 members, five members came out for the walk. Some members were walking on their treadmills at their homes.
"We have some members who have a difficult time walking especially in the cold," said Lions Club President John Whitmer. "Some of the members told me they would walk on their treadmills at the same time we are walking in the park this morning."
Whitmer said the Lions Club International has taken on the fight against diabetes as an additional cause. Lions Clubs are known for helping individuals with the many facets of vision related care and screenings. The Jackson club recycles used eyeglasses and screens children and adults for problems with their eyesight.
"The International Lions has taken on diabetes as one of its global causes. It’s important for people with diabetes to get exercise and it’s important for everyone to keep moving so we thought a walk in the park was a good way to promote that," Whitmer said.
The group hopes to make it an annual event every year on World Diabetes Day. They want everyone to know the walk is open to all.
According to www.lionsclubs.org, diabetes can lead to other diseases affecting the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves and teeth. It is expected to affect 629 million adults by 2045.
November is Diabetes Month and every year, Nov. 14 is recognized as World Diabetes Day. To learn more about World Diabetes Day and Month, visit www.worlddiabetesday.org/.
To find out more about the Jackson Township Lions Club, visit http://jacksontownshiplions.org/www.jacksontownshiplions.org/Welcome.html.