TonyOrlandoTurquoiseJim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® returns to the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower on Saturday, March 22, and everyone is encouraged to attend. This free, educational event is presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and the Desert Diabetes Club, and will feature award-winning actor/singer Tony Orlando.

Known for his beloved Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree — an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal — Tony Orlando has enjoyed much success during his more than 50 years in the entertainment business. Motivated by a close family member’s experience with diabetes, Orlando continues to raise awareness about the disease in events across the nation.

Orlando’s presentation will accompany educational sessions by physicians, researchers, nutritionists and experts from Eisenhower Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, and Desert Cardiology Center. Topics will include diabetes treatment, pre-diabetes, new findings, diet, exercise, and long-term implications.

Topics added this year include dental health with periodontist, Klaus Ye, DDS; coping with diabetes in elder years by Douglas Thrasher, DO; “Private Matters” (ED and Low T) with urologist, Lance Walsh, MD; and parenting a child with diabetes by Marielena Cid, RN, CDE.

The popular “Ask the Doctor” session will return, offering attendees the opportunity to query physicians about their particular areas of concern, and a Spanish session with Dr. Rodolfo Batarse will take place at 10 a.m.

This year’s medical keynote speaker is Jeralyn Brossfield, MD, Medical Director of the Eisenhower Wellness Institute. Dr. Brossfield will present Tame the Flame: How Lowering Inflammation is the Key to Wellness. Melinda Read, popular television personality and spokesperson for the Day of Hope, will emcee the day’s events.

A product fair showcasing the latest technology, treatments, and resources for persons with diabetes will be open to all attendees and will include healthy cooking demonstrations with Sally Saban. Testing offered will include A1c glucose levels, body mass index (BMI), stroke risk assessment, foot circulation, and blood pressure.

The Desert Diabetes Club is a non-profit organization designed to educate all Coachella Valley residents about both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The club meets monthly (October through May) at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. With a tax-deductible membership of $25, members receive vital information about diabetes and improving their quality of life through lectures by diabetes professionals. Social and support events are also planned throughout the season.

If diabetes affects you or someone you love, you are encouraged to attend this FREE event to enjoy the festivities, and to learn the latest information on controlling the disease and living a life of wellness.

Jim Cook Day of Hope for Diabetes® will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. For more information, please call (760) 773.1578 or visit

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