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Diabetes Alert Day programs planned

March 14, 1997

National Diabetes Alert Day is Tuesday, March 25. The "Alert" is a one-day call to action for Americans to determine if they are at risk for diabetes. Approximately 8 million Americans have diabetes and don't know it.

The campaign's centerpiece is a short, written quiz - or diabetes risk test - that individuals can take to assess their risk for the disease. Persons who score high on the test are encouraged to call their doctors.

- In Hagerstown

Free community programs are being offered by Washington County Hospital Diabetes Education Center and Washington County Chapter of American Diabetes Association.

On Monday, March 24, the diabetes center will have an open house and offer tours from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Suite 110 at Robinwood Medical Center. Seminars will be offered at the same time in Suite 122.

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"Are you at risk for diabetes?" will be the topic of discussion at 2:30 p.m.; blood glucose monitoring will be discussed at 3:30 p.m.; new treatments in diabetes management, including the drug Rezulin will be covered at 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the community building at 416 Sumans Ave. in Hagerstown, the risk factors for diabetes and new methods of treatment will again be discussed.

For information on services provided or the above programs, call the center at 714-4041.

- In Pennsylvania

Waynesboro Hospital in Waynesboro, Pa., will have diabetes information available Tuesday, March 25, according to spokesperson Helen Hodges. The hospital's "alert" came early at its Saturday, March 1, health fair. Fifty-five of the 751 individuals who were tested were shown to have significantly elevated blood sugar levels.

The Chambersburg Hospital will have an in-house program Tuesday, March 25. American Diabetes Association risk questionnaire and information about the hospital's diabetes services will be available for employees.

- In Frederick, Md.

Wellness Center of Frederick Memorial Hospital's Mobile Health Unit will be stationed in the Rose Hill Plaza parking lot on Opossumtown Pike from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

The diabetes risk test, blood glucose screening and information about diabetes and the Diabetes Management Program will be available. All services are free, and no appointment is necessary. For information, contact the center at 1-301-698-3563.

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