CAMBRIDGE -- Diabetes affects more than 29 million children and adults in the United States. It was identified in the hospitals 2013 Community Health Needs assessment as a significant health need in the community. Southeastern Med's Diabetes Education Program and Wellness Resources Department will be hosting a community diabetes health fair on Nov. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Morrison, Amos, and Deddish rooms at Southeastern Med. The health fair is geared toward those at higher risk for developing diabetes, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and their family members. It is intended for individuals who have not had their A1C tested in the previous three months and who at increased risk for developing diabetes.

The state and national average for diabetes is 9 percent, in Guernsey County it is 14 percent. Risk factors for diabetes include family history, gestational diabetes, being overweight and lack of regular exercise per Shelly Thompson MS, RD/LD, dietitian, exercise physiologist and director of Wellness Resources at Southeast Med.

The program will include information on diabetes prevention and treatment. Hemoglobin A1C testing and a diabetes risk factor test will be offered for free! Fasting is not required for this testing. Dietitians and diabetes educators will be available to discuss individual results with each participant. Light appetizers and beverages will be served

Space for the health fair is limited. Registration for an appointment is required by Monday, Nov. 16 at noon.

For information or to register, call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2900.