Wellmont Diabetes Treatment Centers Holding Free Health Fair At Holston Valley Medical Center

Wellmont Diabetes Treatment Centers will provide valuable information and assistance to the community at a free health fair Tuesday, March 26, at Holston Valley Medical Center.

The Diabetes Alert Day Health Fair, which is designed to promote awareness and early detection of the disease, will be held in the main lobby of the hospital from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Representatives of the diabetes treatment centers will dispense information about the disease and provide glucose screenings. They will also offer a diabetes risk test, which takes into account age, gender, family history with the disease, blood pressure, activity level and weight.

This beneficial event will also provide an opportunity for people to bring medical sharps, including lancets, needles and syringes, for proper disposal. In return, the treatment centers will provide a free, puncture-resistant sharps container that can be used for the safe disposal of these items. Once that container is full, it can be brought to any Wellmont Health System facility for a free replacement.

The diabetes treatment centers will also have information about the highly successful Diabetes Alert sticker program, which has spread across Tennessee. This sticker, placed in the rear window of a vehicle, is designed to help law enforcement officers determine whether a motorist who is showing signs of impaired driving might instead be experiencing a diabetic emergency.

People need a physician's prescription to obtain a sticker, which is available at the diabetes treatment centers at Holston Valley and Bristol Regional Medical Center, as well as at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital and Wellmont Urgent Care in Johnson City. The necessary paperwork will be available at Tuesday's event.

"We're thrilled to help residents of this region learn whether they are at risk of diabetes as well as what steps they can take to improve their lives if they have been diagnosed with the disease," said Jim Perkins, the treatment centers' director. "Diabetes can lead to serious health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness, but people can successfully live with diabetes if they take appropriate steps to manage their disease."

For more information, please call 423-224-3575.