Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to Offer Free Cholesterol and Glucose Screenings

(Providence, RI, 11.16.2011)

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is holding an upcoming wellness screening event to check cholesterol and glucose levels. There is no charge for the screenings and all members of the public are invited to participate.


The event will take place on Wednesday, November 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Poverello Center Food Pantry, 668 Hartford Avenue, Providence.

This wellness screening provides a fast and convenient look at vital health indicators, including total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) and glucose (blood sugar). Fasting is not required.

It is important for people to be regularly screened for cholesterol and glucose levels, as high cholesterol is a leading indicator of heart disease, and high glucose levels may be a sign of prediabetes and diabetes. According to Rhode Island Department of Health estimates, about 200,000 Rhode Islanders may have prediabetes. However, only about 25,000 actually know that they have the condition. By monitoring cholesterol and glucose levels, individuals may have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes, and seek treatment to prevent diseases, such as prediabetes and diabetes, among others.

Registration for this BCBSRI screening event is not required.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

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