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Diabetes health fair at UPMC South Side

 


More than 21 million people in the United States have diabetes and it is estimated that 6 million don't know it.

Early detection and proper treatment can help keep diabetes under control and reduce the risks of serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, amputation, and blindness.

To help raise diabetes awareness and provide resources for those with diabetes, the UPMC South Side Diabetes Self Management Education Program is sponsoring a Diabetes Alert Day Health Fair on Tuesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. The health fair will be held in and around Conference Rooms 1 and 2, located on the first floor of the hospital. The event will include glucose and blood pressure screenings, foot checks, BMI evaluations, and information from top health care professionals.

Participants include UPMC South Side, Diabetes Education Program, dieticians, pharmacy, nursing, Smoking Cessation Program, and Would Care, UPMC Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center, UPMC Home Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, UPMC Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Centers for Rehab Services, UPMC Health Plan, Siegel and Portnoy Eye Care Associates, and South Side Lions Club.

Attendees can visit participant booths to fill out their “passport to health” and be entered to win prizes. Contact Peg Thearle, RN, CDE, diabetes educator, at 412-488-5687 for more information.

 

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