North Las Vegas hopes to help combat obesity and diabetes with a health fair this weekend.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Prentiss Walker Memorial Park and Pool, 1509 June Avenue, people from around the community will get a chance to learn about preventing and managing diabetes.
There will be games and exercise activities, informational presentations, vendors, music and refreshments.
The health fair is part of the city's effort to advance a statewide plan to reduce the burden of diabetes and obesity on state health services. The disease is the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic lower-limb amputations.
According to the Nevada State Health Division, the prevalence of diabetes has increased from 4.2 percent of the population in 1996 to 7.9 percent in 2009.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that by 2050 as many as 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. could have diabetes if the trend continues.