PRESTONSBURG — As Floyd County continues to grapple with a high incidence of diabetes, three local groups are joining together to free diabetic screenings more readily available to the general population.
The Floyd County Health Department, Floyd County Diabetes Partnership and Tri-County Diabetes Partnership are joining together to offer the screenings in a multitude of locations across Floyd County this fall.
All of it will lead up to the Oct. 12 Jenny Wiley 5K Run/Walk, in memory of Dr. Rondall Leslie, with proceeds from that event going to cover the cost of screening schoolchildren.
Program specialist Nan Arnett and program coordinator Bonnie Hale say they are looking to take diabetic screenings to a number of places, many of them unexpected. They say they are currently in talks to host screenings at schools, senior citizens events, Pro-Fitness MultiSports, the Floyd County Farmers Market, and even McDonald’s restaurants.
Earlier this year, the Tri-County Diabetes Partnership declared the high incidence of diabetes in Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties to be a “crisis of epidemic proportions.” The group urges health care providers to increase the number of screenings performed, in order to get treatment for those who are unaware they have diabetes, as well as preventative care for those who are at-risk for developing the disease.