Diabetes Alert Day events start March 23, new clinic support program launches

Shoppers can find out their diabetes risks and connect with resources that can help

Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 27. The City of Minneapolis will join Cub Foods and the Lions Club Foundation for events starting March 23 to encourage community members to find out if they are at risk for diabetes and to take steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. At the Diabetes Alert Day events, members of the public can find out if they have prediabetes or diabetes and connect with resources that can help. They will also receive free goodies and chances to win a Fitbit.

One in three Minnesotans are on their way to developing Type 2 diabetes, and most don’t know it. Others already have it. People who lose a modest 5 to 7 percent of their weight can cut their chances of getting diabetes in half. For a 200 pound person, this amounts to 10 to 14 pounds. People who already have diabetes and successfully manage their conditions can live long, healthy lives.

Diabetes Alert Day events

4-8 p.m. Friday, March 23
Cub Foods, 5937 Nicollet Ave. S.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 7
Cub Foods, 701 W. Broadway Ave.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 8
Cub Foods, 2850 26th Ave. S.

At the Diabetes Alert Day events, Cub Foods pharmacists will provide screenings, free blood glucose tests and information about their My Diabetes Coach Program, which includes two one-to-one consultations with a pharmacist, a one-time class and a grocery store tour. The program is free and available at Cub stores throughout the metro area.

The Minneapolis Health Department will be on hand at the events to connect people with Minneapolis-based Diabetes Prevention Program classes, which are funded by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Staff from University of Minnesota Extension, the YMCA and the Native American Community Clinic will provide free samples of healthy recipes and information on healthy eating at the events.

As part of their mission to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes, volunteers from the Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation and local Lions Club members plan outreach such as these Diabetes Alert Day activities to provide education to people across Minnesota.

Minneapolis clinic support program

The City of Minneapolis has launched a five-year program to improve the quality of care for diabetes patients. The project surrounds clinic work with community-based support to improve access to healthy food and address other factors – such as housing, transportation and employment – that get in the way of patients’ health. The program began with the Native American Community Clinic and Neighborhood HealthSource and will expand to more clinics.

Published Mar 22, 2018

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