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Free diabetes and heart screenings for Flagstaff residents in December


Nov. 26, 2013

Flagstaff residents now have access to free diabetes and heart screenings through the Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection and Diabetes Together programs. The non-fasting screenings include diabetes risk test, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL, triglyceride), height, weight and results consultation with a healthcare professional.

The free screenings are scheduled throughout the month of December in four convenient locations in Flagstaff. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 928-853-0879.

• Flagstaff Public Library East Campus, 3000 N. 4th St.
Tuesday, Dec. 3: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Flagstaff Aquaplex – 1702 N. 4th St.
                        Thursday, Dec. 12: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Flagstaff YMCA – 1001 N. Turquoise Rd.
                  Thursday, Dec. 12: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Flagstaff Public Library – 300 W. Aspen Ave.
                        Tuesday, Dec. 17: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Heart Connection and Diabetes Together are community-based programs sponsored by Flagstaff Medical Center, North Country HealthCare and Native Americans for Community Action. The programs are aimed at under-served, low-income Native Americans who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and/or diabetes. A National Institute of Health Strong Heart Study showed Native American participants with diabetes were four times more likely to experience heart failure than participants without diabetes.

The program is funded by a $158,160 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. This is the second consecutive year FMC has received a grant from the Foundation, receiving a total of $325,560. The grant was awarded through the Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM  program and will be used to fund the Northern Arizona Diabetes – Heart Connection screening and education program. FMC is one of only 22 organizations nationwide to receive funding this year through the Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM  program. The program supports innovative work in the field of cardiovascular health. 


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