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St. Anthony’s Hospital World Diabetes Day Event Features Free Screenings, Lectures

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Hospital will offer free screenings and lectures to mark World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N.


Nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States suffer from diabetes – more than 8 percent of the population. Of those, 7 million people do not even know they have the disease. About 2 million new cases are expected to be diagnosed each year.


To bring some light to this ever growing epidemic, St. Anthony’s will offer free screenings from 7:30 a.m.-noon including diabetes risk assessments, blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring and body mass index assessments. For the blood glucose monitoring, it is recommended that you fast at least two hours before the test.


There also will be lectures by Venkata Budharaju, MD, who specializes in endocrinology and internal medicine, and Gerald Rizzo, MD, who specializes in nephrology and internal medicine. The physicians will discuss diabetes prevention, management and the risk of complications. Monica Bradley, a registered dietician at St. Anthony’s, will also talk about diabetes and nutrition.


Representatives from St. Anthony’s LifeHelp Nutrition and Diabetes Center will also be on hand to offer information on about how little lifestyle changes can make a big difference. There also will be exercise demonstrations, Sign Chi Do, community agency exhibits and prize drawings. A continental breakfast will be served.


To register for the event, please call (727) 253-4290 or register online at www.BayCareEvents.orgBefore the event, take a free, seven-minute diabetes risk assessment by visiting yourhealthrisk.org/diabetes.


About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.


About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 


BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org


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Contact: Sherry Robinson (727) 825-1445 Phone; (727) 257-7052 Pager