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Sam's Club to provide diabetes screenings
September 13th, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – This weekend, Sam's Club plans to host diabetes-focused health screenings at its pharmacy locations nationwide.
The Walmart warehouse club chain said that on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it will offer free screenings administered by licensed technicians from Carmen Ingle & Associates at its 571 stores with a pharmacy.
The diabetes screening features tests valued at up to $200, including an A1c blood test (used by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to measure average blood sugar levels), a glucose screening (to measure how much sugar is in blood), a blood pressure check, a body mass index (BMI) test, and a vision test.
Sam's Club noted that diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, and an estimated 79 million have prediabetes, a potentially reversible condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
In select locations, health screening participants can also pick up a postcard from the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program to assess their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. The program is designed to help people adopt healthy eating and exercise habits.
"Understanding symptoms that lead to diabetes can help Americans establish a plan to live a healthier lifestyle," Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club, said in a statement. "We are glad to collaborate with YMCA of the USA to expand awareness for diabetes prevention and provide a free, important service to more than 620 U.S. communities."
In addition, YMCA of the USA has announced a $1.25 million grant from the Sam's Club Giving Program to promote healthier living in underserved communities. The funding is aimed at helping the YMCA to expand its Healthier Communities Initiatives to address health disparities among minorities and the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. Through the effort, the YMCA will also link health care providers, clinical settings and community-based organizations to predominately African-American and Hispanic communities to help guide individuals and families to appropriate programs.