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Palmetto Health Recognizes November as American Diabetes Month
10/21/2013
Free Lunchtime Learning sessions and health screenings available to the public

November is American Diabetes Month. Palmetto Health encourages all men and women to learn more about their risk for diabetes. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, more than 300,000 South Carolinians have diabetes and many are unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and South Carolina. However, early detection can help prevent many diabetes-related complications.

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, the Palmetto Health Office of Community Health is offering free Lunchtime Learning sessions and health screenings to all adults in the community, regardless of income.

The free Lunchtime Learning sessions will take place Nov. 5, 12, and 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., first-floor classrooms. Participants will learn how to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and registration is required.

The free health screenings will take place Nov. 5 and 12, 7-10 a.m., at Palmetto Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter St., first-floor classrooms. The screenings include PSA blood tests for men who qualify, cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, BMI and body fat. Medical staff will be available to counsel patients on-site if they have abnormal values or need additional resources.

The Palmetto Health Office of Community Health offers a series of health care initiatives to uninsured and underinsured people in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Sumter counties. Services include free health screenings for cancer and diabetes, prenatal services and teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

For more information or to register for any of the free Lunchtime Learning sessions or screenings, call 803-296-CARE (2273).