Giant-Carlisle sponsors diabetes fair

Ahold USA banner collects 4,392 pounds of unwanted, expired drugs

CARLISLE, Pa. — Free health screenings, a weight-bearing exercise and other activities will be featured at an upcoming diabetes fair sponsored by Giant Food Stores, the supermarket chain said.

Giant, the Ahold USA banner based in Carlisle, Pa., and also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from fellow Ahold chain Giant Food of Landover, Md., said it would partner with Pinnacle Health, Capital BlueCross and the American Diabetes Association to offer the "Living with Diabetes" event at a Harrisburg, Pa., store.

"More than 25 million people in the United States today have diabetes, and 79 million have prediabetes," Giant nutritionist Sarah Glunz said. "We encourage both those who have already been diagnosed with diabetes and those trying to prevent it to attend our health fair and learn how they can take control of the disease by eating properly, exercising and living an overall healthy lifestyle."

Pinnacle Health will sponsor the health screenings, while Capital BlueCross will sponsor the weight-bearing exercise. Other activities include soul line dancing and a healthy cooking demonstration and nutritional shopping tips.

In other news, Giant-Carlisle said it had collected more than two tons of unwanted and expired medication as part of the nationwide medication take-back day on April 27, under partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement.

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