Diabetes week at UF features free screenings

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.

This is diabetes week at the University of Florida, and free screenings and other events will take place on campus Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, UF students can get a finger stick glucose test to measure their blood sugar levels. The screenings will take place at the infirmary building at 280 Fletcher Drive as well as the UF Student Health Center at Shands at 1395 Center Drive, Room D2-49.

Also on Thursday, members of the public can get screened for type I and type 2 diabetes, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium at 1600 SW Archer Road.

Thursday night, a lighting ceremony will take place at Century Tower with remarks from UF first lady Chris Machen and an appearance by Albert the Alligator. There will also be free glucose screenings.

On Friday, diabetes research labs will be open for guided tours, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the biomedical sciences building at 1275 Center Drive. From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., five international guests will visit UF Health Pediatrics, talking with patients and their family members about diabetes management.

For more information on these events, or to RSVP for them, contact Nickie Doria at 352-265-0373, or dorian@shands.ufl.edu. For a full schedule of events at UF during diabetes awareness month, http://diabetes.ufl.edu or http://shcc.ufl.edu.

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