JOHNSTON, IOWA (October 18, 2022) — Join Iowa PBS in-person or virtually on November 15 at 6PM for a Pop-Up Film Series event recognizing National Diabetes Month. This screening and conversation will focus on the importance of diabetes education and management and provide the opportunity for an open conversation.

Diabetes and pre-diabetes affect over 100 million people. This national documentary Blood Sugar Rising puts human faces to these statistics, exploring the history and science of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes through portraits of Americans.

Clips from the film Blood Sugar Rising will be featured at this important event. Following the screening, an interactive discussion will include Melissa Batt ARNP/DNP, MercyOne Des Moines Diabetes and Endocrinology Care; Anne Cundiff RD/LD/FAND, Corporate Hy-Vee Dietician; Dr Jamie Pitlick PharmD/BCPS/BC-ADM, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Drake University; and Rich Wells, Community Board President at DRF Greater Iowa. Attendees will be able to ask questions anonymously live and online during the panel discussion.

Guests may join in person at the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston or join virtually through an online screening platform, OVEE. Register for free at

As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS's mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at 

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