YMCA and partners to hold Diabetes Alert Day events

YMCA and partners to hold Diabetes Alert Day events

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - The Wilmington YMCA will partner with several businesses and organizations to help educate the community on Tuesday, March 22 – American Diabetes Association Alert Day.

According to a news release, each Alert Day event is meant to inform people of their risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and how they can lower it. Among the services offered are one-on-one coaching, free screenings and resources to help you make a change.

Visit one of these locations on March 22:

  • Wilmington Rite Aid Pharmacy at 4502 Shipyard Boulevard from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Burgaw Walmart at 908 NC-53 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Pender Adult Services – Heritage Place at 901 South Walker Street in Burgaw from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Southport Senior Center at 1513 North Howe Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The YMCA's ADA Alert Day partners include Live It NC, Rite Aid, Walmart, the Pender County Health Department, Pender Adult Services, Walgreens and the Southport Senior Center.

Diabetes affects 29 million people and prediabetes affects 86 million.

"Prediabetes is a serious health condition that can soon lead to type 2 diabetes if no action is taken," said Marjorie Lanier, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator. "Once an individual develops diabetes, risk for heart attack and stroke nearly doubles. The good news is that risk may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity."

Are you at risk? Take the quiz here.

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