TCMH campus
The board of trustees of Texas County Memorial Hospital met Tuesday.

Texas County Memorial Hospital is holding a free diabetes awareness health fair and screening from 7-10 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the hospital campus.

The diabetes screening is a blood test that includes a complete lipid panel and a hemoglobin A1C –– the hemoglobin that is measured primarily to identify the three-month average plasma glucose concentration. Participants should fast all food and drink except water for eight hours before having their blood drawn for the test.

Dietary education, information about healthy lifestyles and free healthcare educational information from vendors will be available. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Funding for the fair and screening are provided in part by a grant from Climb4ACure in Menlo Park, Calif. Climb4ACure was founded in 2007 to raise funds to deliver supplies and treatment to underprivileged diabetics, to increase awareness that the underprivileged are disproportionately affected by the disease, and to increase awareness that physical fitness and proper diet are important in fighting the disease. Climb4ACure has worked with healthcare partners across the U.S. to deliver education, supplies and support to diabetics who cannot afford the care that they need to fight the disease.

The fair and screening are free and open to the public.

For additional information about the diabetes health fair, contact Connie Brooks, education coordinator at TCMH, at 417-967-1340 or cbrooks@tcmh.org.

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