During the month of February, Get Healthy CT, in cooperation with the health departments of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe, and Stratford, is launching Know Your Numbers, its third annual grassroots campaign to raise awareness of heart disease and diabetes among area residents — especially those who are struggling the most. In addition to teaching individuals the link between their numbers and their overall health, these screenings will help to identify individuals with unknown cases of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It also encourages those with existing disease to better manage it.
Volunteer nurses and nursing students from Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, St. Vincent's College, Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, and Southern Connecticut State University will provide free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference free of charge. This year marks the first year that individuals who are known diabetics or who screen for blood sugar over 300 also will receive the A1C test, which provides information about a person's average levels of blood sugar over the past three months. It is the primary test used for diabetes management and research.