Texas Health Cleburne to Offer Free Diabetes Risk Assessments|
CLEBURNE, Texas — In the United States, 25.8 million children and adults have it, and in 2008 more than 10,900 people in Johnson County had it, according to Texas Health Information statistics. These statistics describe diabetes — a disease characterized by high glucose levels that hinder the body’s ability to produce insulin.
On Tuesday, March 27, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will collaborate with HOPE Clinic to recognize National Diabetes Awareness Day by offering a free health awareness event to the local community. Diabetes risk assessments will be available to individuals 18 years of age and older from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the HOPE Clinic in Cleburne, 111 Meadowview Drive, adjacent to the Cleburne Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Attendees will receive an A1-C and glucose screening. Along with the free screenings, which will be conducted by Texas Health Cleburne clinicians, educational items will also be made available to those who attend.
“This collaboration with HOPE Clinic is quite significant,” said Ronda Dillard, R.N., COHN, who works in occupational health at Texas Health Cleburne. “We want people to know that eating healthy and exercising can have a positive impact when it comes to improving their personal health.”
“We look at this collaboration as a way for Texas Health Cleburne to direct its resources in a way in which we can do the most good,” Dillard added.
Since its inception in January 2007, the HOPE Clinic (Healing Outreach Professional Endeavor) has served more than 5,500 patients and is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics and Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics.
Registration for the event is not required, and screenings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested must have a valid photo I.D. to participate.
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