Big Sandy, community groups to host diabetic screening Nov. 13

November 8, 2013

PRESTONSBURG – Big Sandy Community and Technical College, in conjunction with the Floyd County Diabetes Coalition and Tri-County Diabetes Partnership, will host an A1c screening on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The event, which is a celebration of World Diabetes Day, will be from 10 a.m. until noon in the Student Center on the Prestonsburg campus.

According to the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the state more than doubled from 5.6 percent in 1998 to 11.4 percent in 2009. Among adults, ages 35-44, the rate of people diagnosed with diabetes in Kentucky quadrupled from 2 percent to 8 percent. The American Diabetes Association says about 8.3 percent of the population, or 25.8 million Americans, have diabetes.

“The way you fight diabetes is through education and prevention,” said Kelly Adam, a kinesiology and health faculty member at BSCTC. “This is a great awareness tool, and we hope people come out and learn not just about diabetes, but also the many support programs that are available throughout our region.”

An A1c test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose (blood sugar) control for the past two to three months. The results give you a good idea of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.

St. Joseph Martin Hospital will have an informational booth set up displaying information on diabetes, prevention and management.

Students from BSCTC’s Human Services Program will also host a food and health education fun walk around the walking track on the Prestonsburg campus. The walk will consist of different stations where participants can learn about healthy foods, including some that are grown at the college’s community garden. They will also have free refreshments.

“Our campuses are a hub for health and wellness,” said Tammy Compton Ball, professor and coordinator of the human service program. “In addition to our walking track, nature preserve and wellness center, we have a wonderful community garden that has helped to feed many needy families throughout the region.”

For more information on the A1c screening, contact Kelly Adam at (606) 889-7356 or by email at Kelly.adam@kctcs.edu.