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In an effort to raise awareness of a disease that affects nearly 26 million adults and children across the nation, regional grocer Market Street is offering multiple diabetes-centered initiatives throughout November for Diabetes Awareness Month. Initiatives include free glucose screenings, an increased number of easy diabetes shopping store tours and diabetes-friendly product promotions.
"According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States -- accounting for 8.3 percent of the population -- have diabetes," noted Robin Hawkins, director of health and wellness for Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets, LLC, which operates 11 Market Street stores. “Of those 25.8 million, 7 million individuals are undiagnosed.”
All Market Street locations in West Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area will offer free glucose screenings each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout November.