Free Diabetes Testing Every Tuesday at South Side Wal-Mart

By Wendell Hutson, on July 23, 2013, reprinted by permission

WEST CHATHAM — Free diabetes testing is available every Tuesday at the West Chatham Wal-Mart, thanks to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center.

The free testing runs until Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Clinic at Wal-Mart, 8331 S. Stewart Ave., according to Derek Michaels, a spokesman for St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, 326 W. 64th St.

“Faced with an explosion of younger and younger people developing diabetes, with large numbers going undiagnosed, the clinic is appealing to the community to get tested and take action,” Michaels said.

Many of those going undiagnosed are teenagers and young adults, said Danny Rollins, a vice president with St. Bernard.

“Early diagnosis is important to stopping or controlling diabetes,” Rollins said. That’s why St. Bernard “decided to take action to address the numbers of undiagnosed diabetics we have in the African-American and Latino communities.”

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