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Sessions to offer alerts on dangers of type 2 diabetes

To help determine if someone is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center in Paris, Ill., is recognizing the American Diabetes Association’s 26th annual ALERT! Day on Tuesday. Cholesterol/blood sugar screenings will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Diabetes Education office. Cost is $25.

Testing will be conducted by Leighsa Cornwell, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She provides diabetes education and continuous follow-up care for diabetic patients, also serving as the hospital’s community health and disease management coordinator.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million Americans. In addition, one in three adults has prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

ALERT! Day, which is observed on the fourth Tuesday in March each year, is a one-day “wake-up call” that encourages Americans to participate in diabetes testing to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Appointments are required for the screenings. Call Cornwell at 217-465-2606, ext. 228.

Mosaic offering tours to widen understanding

A person may remember the gentleman with disabilities who bagged groceries or the young woman with disabilities volunteering at the local animal shelter. One may remember how happy they seemed, but what they might not know is how they obtained the job or were connected with the volunteer opportunity.

Mosaic’s mission is to help people with intellectual disabilities discover possibilities in their lives.

As part of National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, Mosaic invites community members to attend a free one-hour event called “Discover the Possibilities,” to learn the truth about people with disabilities living and working in the community.

The events will take place at 5 p.m. March 27, 8:30 a.m. April 9 and 5 p.m. April 24, in the Mosaic office at 2901 Professional Lane.

Participants will learn of Mosaic’s services and work, through stories told by those who know it well: the people they serve, their families and Mosaic staff members.

Those attending will be called for feedback afterward.

Call Brenda Tryon at 812-235-3399 to attend, or to make arrangements to have an event at a place of business or a home.

Mosaic is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that serves 46 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Terre Haute.

For more information visit www.mosaicinTerreHaute.org.

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