In observance of National Diabetes Month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is offering a free Diabetes Awareness Health Fair from 8 – 10 a.m. and a Health Talk from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone.
The Health Fair will include blood pressure and glucose checks, a diabetic foot screening, a physical therapy balance screening, body composition and Body Mass Index (BMI) readings, and height and weight measurements, as well as nutrition information. To ensure an accurate glucose level measurement, participants must fast 12 hours prior to the health fair; a free light breakfast will be provided. In addition, participants may learn about their risk for Type 2 Diabetes by taking a risk assessment during the fair followed by an information session at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Richard Smith of Appalachian Regional Internal Medicine Specialists will conclude the event by offering a complementary Health Talk entitled Living with Diabetes at 10 am in The Rehabilitation Center lobby – access through the Wellness Center. If you are interested in attending the Health Talk, please reserve your seat ahead of time by sending an email to [email protected].
All participants will be granted free admission to the Wellness Center on the day of the event and be entered to win door prizes.
“Our goal is to raise awareness in regard to diabetes,” said Kris Hartley, Fitness and Clinical Programs Manager at the Wellness Center. “By providing education, screenings and programs that encourage healthy lifestyle changes, we hope to improve health outcomes in our community.”