STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Every five minutes, 14 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control, diabetes is an epidemic in our country.
Ascension Hospitals and Clinics in the Northwoods are hosting free diabetes prevention and screening events the first week of June, in Tomahawk, Woodruff, Eagle River and Rhinelander. The events are part of an effort to help identify the one in three American adults who have pre-diabetes, of which, 90-percent do not know their health might be at risk not addressed.
“The good news is there are things you can do to avoid complications and even prevent type 2 diabetes,” said Hope Williams, RDN, CDE, CLS, coordinator of Community Health Improvement for Ascension Wisconsin.
“Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for developing other health problems. However, if you understand the risks, you can take steps now to lower your chance of diabetes related complications.”
Each event will feature an opportunity to meet clinical experts and receive free health screenings including blood glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Information and interactive exhibits on self-care behaviors like healthy eating and problem solving for issues like low blood sugar will also be available.
There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served along with the opportunity for participants to win door prizes. The free screenings will be held:
• Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk June 5, from 9-11:30 a.m.
• Howard Young Medical Center June 5, 2-4:30 p.m.;
• Ascension Eagle River Hospital June 7, from 9-11:30 a.m.
• Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander June 7, 2-4:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Hope Williams, Coordinator Community Health Improvement at 715-361-4366.