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Star Shines at Diabetes Health Fair


Poise, style, grace, sophistication, and all smiles are words that can be used to describe Miss Mendocino County, Herron Spence. Herron was crowned Miss Mendocino in February of this year.

As part of her platform, Herron has made it her mission to help others understand and cope with Juvenile Diabetes, otherwise known as Type 1. “I lost my step-brother to Type 1 diabetes a year ago. I never knew the toll that the disease can take on the body until I experienced it first hand with the loss of my brother,” said Herron.

Herron continued, “I’ve made it my personal mission to help others, especially teens cope with the disease [Type 1 diabetes] wherever I can,” referring to the reason for attending the May 10 diabetes health fair. “Something that I am particularly passionate about is helping teens. It’s hard for teens that were once invincible come to the realization that they need to change their diet and lifestyle making them feel different than their peers. I want to educate people about this disease so that teens who are diagnosed with it feel comfortable talking about it and not feel embarrassed.”

As she works on her awareness campaign Herron has taken much of her inspiration and ideas from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She has taken her campaign to her school through student activities and has also written an article for the school newspaper sharing the knowledge that she has learned about the disease with her peers.

During the diabetes health fair Herron helped by meeting and greeting the visitors while waiting to have their assessments taken. “This is a great event, I can’t believe how many people are and want to learn how to take better care of their health and diabetes,” voiced Herron. According to Linda Ayotte, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, “We had over 100 people in attendance with 76 attendants getting their blood sugar level tested, 24 were high, that’s 32 percent, and of those 50 percent didn’t know they were high!”

For more information about the diabetes education program at Ukiah Valley Medical Center please contact the diabetes education department at (707) 463-7527, or go online and take the diabetes health risk assessment at

(Pictured: Miss Mendocino County pauses between greeting visitors at the Diabetes Health Fair on May 10, for a quick snapshot, from left to right with, Linda Ayotte, RD and diabetes educator, Brenda Hoek, RN and diabetes educator, Herron Spence, and Jared Chaney, director of the Advanced Wound Center.)

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