MHS Partners with ADA to Raise Diabetes Awareness on Diabetic Alert Day
MHS is partnering with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) today for Diabetic Alert Day, raising diabetes awareness and encouraging area residents to find out if they are at risk for diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March.
On that day, the ADA will be offering type 2 diabetes screenings for adults at Riley Hospital, located at 705 Riley Hospital Drive in Indianapolis. MHS will also host a Diabetes Health Check Health Day on Mar. 27 from 1-4 p.m. at the Madison County Health Center, located at 1547 Ohio Ave. in Anderson, for members to get screened and receive information from the ADA. ADA volunteers will also have street teams out throughout the area prior to Alert Day, educating residents and encouraging them to take the pre-screening risk test.
The one-page Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. To get your free test in English or Spanish, visit the American Diabetes Association on Facebook, stopdiabetes.com or by calling (800) DIABETES / (800) 342-2383. Or take the test here.
Preventative tips are also provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their healthcare provider. Although Alert Day is a one-time awareness day, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.