Kudos again to Rite Aid for offering free screening this November 2, 3, and 4th (Click here for more info). They have teamed up with the ADA to offer:
Diabetes Solutions Day
Stop in for a chance to win a $50 Rite Aid gift card, plus free advice and offers.
- free blood glucose, total cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings available
- personal pharmacist consultations
- glucose meter selection and training
- free diabetes risk assessment
- free samples, savings and more
- flu and pneumonia shots available for a fee while supplies last
In a strange twist, they are only offering blood glucose testing. Last year they offered free HbA1c testing with HbA1c Now. Although some believe the home tests are inaccurate (critique of the HbA1c home tests), it was "free." This year, in a strange twist of fate, now that the ADA has started pushing the HbA1c for screening and diagnosis, they are now only doing "free glucose testing." They are also offering a free diabetes guide developed by the ADA . Although the guide is not too bad it continues to perpetuate the falsehood that you get diabetes because you are a fat slob.
Last year, I took advantage of their screening to have my HbA1c tested and it was within a few tenths of what I expected.
I doubt I will go this year, but I will pass around the information.
What do you think about this outreach effort by Rite Aid/ADA? Is it useful? Would you go? Would you recommend it to others? What would you suggest they do to change it?