November is National Diabetes Month and the Arizona Diabetes Alliance is conducting free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings at seven locations in the Tucson area. The alliance, together with co-sponsor Aetna, will host the events at hospitals and Pima County facilities:
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9 to 11 a.m.
Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital
1601 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
El Pueblo Neighborhood Center
101 W Irvington Rd.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital
350 N. Wilmot Rd.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Herbert K Abrams Building
3950 S. Country Club Rd.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 to 9 a.m.
Pima County Mission Road Facility
1313 S. Mission Rd.
Safety Conference Room
Monday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
4888 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85704
Monday, Nov. 28, Noon to 2 p.m.
Pima County Public Works Building
Conference Room C
201 N. Stone Ave.
1st floor Conference Rooms
The Arizona Diabetes Alliance will also have a booth at this weekend’s Tucson Meet Yourself Festival (Oct. 14-16) that takes place in and around El Presidio Plaza in downtown Tucson. Health care professionals and Certified Diabetes Educators will have displays and information about diabetes, plus healthy diet and lifestyle tips geared toward preventing the disease, which is considered to be at epidemic numbers in Southern Arizona.
A shocking 25.8 million people in the U.S. has diabetes, and of that number over 7 million are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a silent disease and is often undiagnosed until a person suffers a devastating complication. It is estimated that over 79 million people can be diagnosed as pre-diabetes and have elevated blood sugars but not to overt diabetes levels.
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE:
The Arizona Diabetes Alliance is a unique partnership between Carondelet Health Network, Pima County, University of Arizona Medical Center and the University of Arizona. The Alliance works toward a healthier Arizona, and its simple but powerful mission is to coordinate an unprecedented regional initiative to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of individuals living with diabetes. Its mission will be accomplished through:
• Wellness & Prevention
• Patient Care
• Diabetes Self Management
• Workforce Development & Education