Hospital hosting diabetes awareness fair, screening in November

Texas County Memorial Hospital is offering a free diabetes awareness health fair and screening in November.

The diabetes screening –– from 7-10 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room –– 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.

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

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

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 US to deliver education, supplies and support to diabetics who cannot afford the care that they need to fight the disease.

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

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