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FingerStick Tests and a Special Diabetes Awareness Dinner at Afrikan Heritage House

Nov. 6, 2012

Diabetes has become a major public health epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every three Americans born after 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Health care costs related to diabetes ring up to over $132 billion in the US alone every year. Learn more about warning signs and risk factors, and find out how you can protect your health.

Find out your fasting blood sugar levels and learn if you’re at risk for diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, African American, Asian, Latino and Native American populations have the highest risk for the development of diabetes.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 students, faculty and staff will have two opportunities to have their blood glucose levels tested in Saunders Lounge in the Africkan Heritage House, from 8:00am until 9;00 am and again from 5:30pm until 6:30pm. Ideally you should get tested before you have breakfast (fasting blood glucose) or at least two hours after your last meal (postprandial)

A major factor in diabetes prevention is a healthy diet and balanced nutrition. Enjoy a delicious diabetes-awareness meal at Lord-Saunders Africkn Heritage House Dining Hall and learn how you can still have classic comfort foods while avoiding ingredients and cooking methods that can increase your risk of diabetes.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Wellness, Student Health , Campus Dining and the Afrikan Heritage House in honor of Diabetes Awarness Month.