Health Department holds Diabetes Alert Day events

The Health Department will join Cub Foods and the Lions Club Foundation to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes risks. At the Diabetes Alert Days, members of the public can find out if they have prediabetes or diabetes and connect with resources that can help. They will also receive free goodies and chances to win a Fitbit.

One in three Americans are on their way to developing Type 2 diabetes and most don’t know it. Others already have it. Diabetes Alert Day is an opportunity for people to find out where they stand with diabetes and take steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. People who lose a modest 5-7 percent of their weight can cut their chances of getting diabetes in half. For a 200 person, this amounts to only 10-14 pounds. People who already have diabetes and successfully manage their conditions can live long, healthy lives.

Diabetes Alert Days

The Health Department will be on hand to connect people with Minneapolis-based Diabetes Prevention Program classes, which are funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cub Foods pharmacists will provide screenings, free blood-glucose tests and information about their free My Diabetes Coach Program, which includes four one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist, a one-time class and a grocery store tour.  Volunteers from the Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and local Lions Club members plan to host educational activities at the events. University of Minnesota Extension staff will provide free samples of healthy recipes.

Published Mar 22, 2017

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