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Baton Rouge General to Provide Free Diabetes Screenings at YMCA

BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General Physicians Group (BRGP) will provide free diabetes screenings for the community at various YMCA locations starting Tuesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 3.

BRGP’s clinical team will use a combination of screening assessments, including body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure checks, glucose testing, and an A1C blood test (if recommended). The diabetes screenings are open to anyone aged 18 and older. The screening event will also include nutritional consults and information on the hospital’s Diabetes Education Program.

Diabetes screenings are important because they can help identify pre-diabetes, which means a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Statewide, there are 1.27 million people with pre-diabetes, which can increase the risk of developing health complications like heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.

Each diabetes screening event will be held from 8-10 a.m. Screening dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30: A.C. Lewis YMCA, 350 S. Foster Dr., Baton Rouge
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1: Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Dr., Baton Rouge
  • Thursday, Dec. 2: Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary
  • Friday, Dec. 3: C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Hwy., Baton Rouge

For more information, call (225) 763-4500.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with over 600 licensed beds between three campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is affiliated with several medical school programs, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @BRGeneral and Instagram @batonrougegeneral.