March 27 program to discuss diabetes from two perspectives

Diabetes is becoming a national epidemic and continues to grow at an alarming rate. To date, 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 7 million have diabetes and don't know it. Seventy-nine million people in the U.S. have pre-diabetes.

On Diabetes Alert Day, March 27, join Health Matters and the Centre County nonprofit group, People Centre’d on Diabetes, for a unique program that discusses diabetes from two different perspectives. One speaker is a healthcare provider who works with people who have diabetes; she will discuss the signs and symptoms of the disease, the importance of early detection, and community resources available to help manage diabetes.

The other speaker is a person who has been personally affected the disease, and will talk about how diabetes impacts everyday life.

All participants will be given the opportunity to take a Diabetes Risk Test, and participants at the UP campus who score high on the test may also participate in a free A1C screening, which measures average blood sugar over the past 2-3 months. The A1C is performed via finger stick, and all results are confidential.

This free class meets from noon to 1 p.m. on March 27 in Room 519 of the Elliot Building on the University Park campus. The program also will be broadcast simultaneously via Adobe connect. To register, go to https://app3.ohr.psu.edu/emPower/frm_login.cfm.

Last Updated March 20, 2012