Free pre-diabetes screening events will be held this month throughout Clinton County.
Funding received from HealthFirst for Clinton County is supporting the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of diabetes during American Diabetes Month in November.
Participants will be screened for risk factors identified by the 2017 American Diabetes Association standards of medical care. The screening will include BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure. A free A1C blood test will be provided.
An A1C test provides information about a participant’s blood sugar over the past three months, according to a media release from the Clinton County Diabetes & Community Wellness Program. Fasting prior to the blood test is not needed.
Results of the risk assessment and screening will be reviewed with participants, including the importance of following up with their healthcare provider for further assessment if needed.
Participants must be age 18 or older.
“One in three people in the United States have pre-diabetes — sadly many don’t know it. Several modifiable factors increase the risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes, including being overweight or obese, physically inactive, a smoker, and having high blood pressure or cholesterol,” said Laura Knisley, certified diabetic educator with the Clinton County Health District.
“By addressing risks early, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed,” added Knisley.
If you have questions, please contact Knisley at 937-382-7221.
Below are the dates, times and places for the free pre-diabetes screening events:
• Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Clinton County Health District offices at 111 South Nelson Ave., Suite 1, Wilmington.
• Thursday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Blanchester Public Library.
• Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the New Vienna Public Library.
• Monday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Sabina Public Library.
• Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Wilmington Public Library.
• Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Blanchester Public Library.
• Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wilmington Public Library.
• Monday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Clinton-Massie Library.
The Clinton County Diabetes & Community Wellness Program is partnering with the Family & Children First Council and the Clinton County Health District to provide the free screenings. The Clinton County Health District is a public health levy supported agency.