Affecting 25.8 million Americans overall, diabetes has reached national epidemic status. Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from the body’s inability to produce and/or use insulin. An estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes, the potentially reversible condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Because diabetes can result in health issues such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness and other complications, it is essential that Americans take initiative to prevent and manage this major health concern.
On Saturday, September 14 from 11 am to 3 pm, Sam’s Club will host free diabetes awareness health screening. The screenings are free, administered by licensed technicians from Carmen Ingle & Associates, and available to Sam’s Club members as well as the public at all 571 Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The health screening event will feature free diabetes tests for those looking to prevent diabetes as well as individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $200, including:
- A1c blood test – This test is used by people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to measure average blood sugar levels and confirm treatment plans are working
- Glucose screening – Glucose tests indicate how much sugar is in blood, allowing for knowledgeable management of diet and exercise schedules
- Blood pressure
- BMI (body mass index)
Health screening participants in select cities can also pick up a postcard from the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to evaluate their risk for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help people adopt healthy eating and exercise habits, and has served approximately 12,000 people nationwide.
“Understanding symptoms that lead to diabetes can help Americans establish a plan to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We are glad to collaborate with YMCA of the USA to expand awareness for diabetes prevention and provide a free, important service to more than 620 US communities.”
YMCA of the USA announced a $1.25 million grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program that will expand healthy living opportunities in underserved communities through the YMCA of the USA. Specifically, the grant is helping the YMCA to expand its Healthier Communities Initiatives to address health disparities among minority individuals and families and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Through the Initiative, the YMCA will also link healthcare providers, clinical settings and community-based organizations to predominately African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino communities to help guide individuals and families to appropriate programs.
Sam’s Club features pharmacy benefits and health tips about diabetes and the importance of regular check-ups in the September/October 2013 issue of Healthy Living Made Simple magazine. With the highest circulation of any health-focused publication at 8 million, Healthy Living Made Simple is available at Sam’s Club Pharmacy, Member Service counters and online at SamsClub.com/healthyliving.
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