LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Nearly 19,000 Bay County residents have diabetes and 5,000 of them may not know they have it.
That's what sparked the Community Health Task Force to host their annual diabetes awareness walk Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered at Potters Park to walk together across the Bailey Bridge in Lynn Haven. This year to celebrate five years of hosting the walk, they added a 5K fun-run walk. Besides the walk, people could take advantage of diabetes resources from vendors. Pancare was there offering free blood pressure and pulse screenings as well as foot exams.
The Florida Department of Health bus performed eye exams, glucose and cholesterol testing.
"We are trying to get people out to get screened, get healthy, and one of the best ways to help control diabetes or prevent it, is to go walking," said Jo Colville.
The diabetes services program in the Bay County Department of Health offers free screenings for those who would like to get tested.
For more information visit: http://bay.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wellness-programs/diabetes-services/index.html
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