Iredell Health System invites the community to learn more about their risk
for diabetes on March 22 as it celebrates American Diabetes Association
Community members are encouraged to stop by the main lobby of Iredell Memorial
Hospital or the Statesville or Barium Springs YMCAs to take a quick, anonymous
one minute test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Blood
pressuring screenings, information about action steps to reduce risk for
diabetes, as well as resources to assist individuals in managing diabetes,
will also be available. The event is free of charge to the public.
Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes.
More than a quarter of them — 8 million — don’t even
know they have it and aren’t getting the medical care they need.
It’s estimated that another 86 million people have prediabetes,
which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with
prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high
enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“American Diabetes Association Alert Day draws attention to the growing
epidemic of type 2 diabetes in the United States. It’s important
to understand that type 2 diabetes can be controlled with knowledge and
healthy behavior,” said Misty Kerr, Wellness and Diabetes Coordinator
for Iredell Health Center. “Empower yourself. Take the Diabetes
Risk Test at our event March 22 and get the information you need to prevent
or delay type 2 diabetes and maintain your good health. I also hope you
will encourage your colleagues, family members and friends to take the
risk test. Together, we can help stop diabetes.”
Alert Day activities will be held at the following locations and times:
Iredell Memorial Hospital – Main Lobby
9:00 - 11:00 am
557 Brookdale Drive, Statesville
Statesville YMCA – Main Lobby
8:30 - 11:30 am
828 Wesley Drive, Statesville
Barium Springs YMCA – Main Lobby
8:30 - 11:30 am
122 Granis Lane, Statesville
In an ongoing effort to educate the community about diabetes, a free Diabetes
and Wellness Support Group will also be held during the week, on Thursday,
March 24, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Iredell Wellness Center in Troutman.
Meeting participants will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure
checked; talk with a pharmacist about medication concerns; learn valuable
nutritional tips to improve health and wellness; receive support and encouragement
to live a healthy lifestyle with diabetes or pre-diabetes; and learn to
support loved ones.
The Iredell Wellness Center is located at 285-D Main Street, Troutman.
For more information, please contact the Iredell Wellness Center at 704.878.4556.