In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, Conway Regional Health System will host a free diabetes health fair from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the medical center’s Auditorium.

This is the first time the diabetes health awareness event has been offered at Conway Regional.

"We are very excited to be able to offer this free health fair to the public. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 26 million people in the country have some form of diabetes," said Rhonda Monfee, CDE, RD, who coordinates the Conway Regional Diabetes Self Management Program. "Our goal is to provide additional information to people who either suspect they have diabetes or who want to learn how to manage it." Monfee, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, leads a specialized team of health professionals who help people work with physicians to manage diabetes.

A free A1C diagnostic blood sugar test will be provided to the first 100 people who RSVP for the service. The screening will be held beginning at 8 am. The A1C test provides an average blood sugar level over a two to three-month period and also helps people who have been diagnosed with diabetes manage the disease. Everyone who is screened will receive a report of their levels either by mail or by telephone. Anyone with results outside the normal range will be encouraged to have a follow-up visit with their doctor.

Since space is limited, individuals who want to participate in the screening should call 501-513-5732 and leave their name and telephone number.

The other diabetes education services do not require an RSVP, including a presentation by Monfee on "Strategic Eating for a Healthy Life," beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Among the other services to be provided:

• A foot screening, Conway Regional HomeCare

• Medication therapy management, Harding University College of Pharmacy

• Onsite wound education, Conway Regional Wound Healing Center

• Physical fitness demo and heart care information, Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

• Numerous other education services related to diabetes awareness.

Light snacks will be provided.

Conway Regional Medical Center is located 2302 College Ave., and the Auditorium can be accessed from the East (fountain side) entrance to the medical center.