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Free Diabetes Screening
Health Department and YMCA Host Free Diabetes Screening
11/17/2010
The Mecklenburg County Health Department, in partnership with McCrorey YMCA, will be recognizing November as National Diabetes Awareness Month with a free screening event.
It's scheduled for Thursday, November 18 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the McCrorey Family YMCA located at 3801 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.

Other partners include: Carolinas HealthCare System, Bethesda Health Center, Johnson C. Smith University, Presbyterian Congregational Health Promoters’ Program, UNC Charlotte, Factors of Seven Inc., and the Faithful to the Call network of churches.

Tonya Rivens from WGIV radio will be screened while live on air at 6:30 a.m.  The public is invited to be screened free of charge.

This event is made possible with a grant to the Mecklenburg County Health Department from the North Carolina Office of Minority Health, Health Disparities Office, and kicks off ten months of diabetes awareness activities at the McCrorey YMCA. This initiative will culminate in the Faithful to the Call: Planting Seeds of Wellness 5k run/walk on Saturday April 16, 2010. 

The Faithful to the Call Annual Wellness, Fitness and Fun Event objectives are to celebrate and affirm our life together as one community, promote working for healthy communities, and strengthen the efforts related to the elimination of health disparities in and around Mecklenburg County. Go to www.faithfultothecall.com for more interest.

As of 2000, at least 171 million people or 2.8% of the population worldwide suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common, affecting 90 to 95% of the U.S. diabetes population. 

The McCrorey Family YMCA is the second oldest branch in the YMCA of Greater Charlotte organization.  Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) is the official health education and prevention partner of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

This partnership allows YMCA branches to fully integrate and expand their health and wellness programs for all people. A registered nurse from CHS works with each YMCA’s wellness staff to provide preventative health services as well as guidance for individuals desiring to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle.


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