Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:08PM - 162 Views
Debbie Rolen
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Diabetes is a serious illness that many people may not even know they have. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing complications like heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.

For 25 years, the American Diabetes Association has set aside one special day for people to learn if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, which is a growing epidemic in the United States, but can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior.

On March, 26, 2013, Diabetes Alert Day is scheduled from 4-7 p.m., at the Chief Logan Recreation Center. The event is sponsored by the Logan County Diabetes Coalition and Chief Logan Recreation Center.

Participants include the Chertow Diabetes Center at Marshall University, Change the Future WV, West Virginia Extension Service, Wellness Council of West Virginia, West Virginia Medical Institute and the West Virginia Tobacco Cessation Program.

There will be opportunities for testing blood pressure and blood sugar, to take a Diabetes Risk Assessment and measure weight, body mass index and waist circumference.

There will be information on diabetes and risk factors, diabetes education class opportunities in Logan County, a diabetes prevention program, health and wellness and smoking cessation.

Participants will also be given a tour of the Chief Logan Recreation Center and there will be special exercise classes open to the public during the event.

The Chief Logan Recreation Center has donated a free one year family membership as the grand prize one lucky participant will win.

To get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) visit Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

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