Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, April 9th) Trinity Hospital Twin City Outreach Department will host a free health screening Wednesday, April 18th at the Journey’s End Ministries Food Pantry in Newcomerstown.

Community Outreach Coordinator Erica Gallagher says the health screening will focus on hemoglobin A1C. This screening is a blood test that measures blood sugar levels over three months. A1C screenings can reveal how well a person is managing his/her diabetes.

“It’s going to tell you a three month average for somebody that has diabetes, someone who is at risk for diabetes, or if you don’t know. It is very good to check. We can go over the risk factors as well. We always find somebody who is new that didn’t know they were at risk or has diabetes.”

While the screenings don’t have an age limit, hemoglobin A1C tests are recommended for all adults who have diabetes or are overweight. The hospital encourages residents to attend these screenings regularly as they are one of the best ways to detect medical problems early.

“We definitely want to better educate and help our community with this horrible disease. It really does help when we offer these health screens.”

No appointment is necessary to participate in the health screening. Also, fasting is not required.

The health screening will take place from 3 to 5 at the Journey’s End Ministries Food Pantry on River Street in Newcomerstown.

Gallagher says if you can’t make it to this free health screening, they offer screenings the second Friday of every month for $5 at Mako’s Market & Pharmacy.

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