On the fourth Tuesday of every March, the American Diabetes Association issues a one-day “wake-up call” asking Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test to assess their risk the disease. As a part of the 24th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day®, the Frank Bailey Senior Center hosted an event to raise awareness of the risk for diabetes and prediabetes among older adults in Clayton County. The March 27th event featured a line-up of community leaders discussing type 2 diabetes prevention, followed by free diabetes risk assessments conducted by the American Kidney Fund. Speakers at the event included former Falcons player, Jamie Dukes, Eldrin Bell, Chairman of Clayton County Commissioners, Alfa Bryan, M.D., Director at the Clayton County Board of Health, Doug DeHeck from the Metro Atlanta YMCA, and Maurice Madden, Georgia Director of the MDSP.
Additionally, the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project provided information about a free scholarship to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which is a proven lifestyle behavior change program shown to reduce a person’s risk for type 2 diabetes. The program teaches participants how to improve eating habits, increase physical activity and make other changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.