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Free health fair hosted at Albany State

ALBANY - (WALB) - The Minority Association of Pre-Med Students invites the community to their first Annual Community Health Fair.

Anyone can be screened for HIV/AIDS and Diabetes. You can also give blood, and receive free health education.

The event takes place Saturday April 10, from 10;00AM to 3:00PM at Hyper Gym at Albany State University.

It is hosted by the Griffin-Jordan Minority Assoc. of Pre-Med Students, and all services are free.

In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Nov. 20, the CDC estimates obesity and diabetes prevalence for all 3,141 counties in the U.S. and found distinct geographic patterns for both conditions.

Besides the South, high prevalence for obesity and diabetes was found in the Appalachian region and some tribal lands in the West and Northern Plains.

Eighty-one percent of counties in the Appalachian region that includes Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia have the highest rates of diabetes and obesity. So do 77% of the counties in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

"Diabetes is costly in human and economic terms, and it's urgent that we take action to prevent and control this serious disease," Ann Albright, MD, director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, says in a news release. "The study shows strong regional patterns of diabetes and can help focus prevention efforts where they are most needed."

The agency says obesity costs the nation some $147 billion in medical costs and estimates the price tag for diabetes at $116 billion.

About 24 million people have diabetes, including 5.7 million who haven't been diagnosed.

The estimates come from CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which uses self-reported data from state-based adult telephone surveys, and U.S. census data.

For more information, call 229-377-0908.

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