PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Healthy players on the field and healthy fans in the stands.
The Steelers have teamed up with area health officials to make sure the black-and-gold nation is protected from all diseases, including diabetes.
As fast as you can say “Go Steelers,” fans at today’s game could be screened for diabetes.
“It’s simple. It’s a finger stick,” said Nick Vizzoca, president of the Center for Healthcare Solutions. “We check their A1C levels, right on the spot. We give them the information and they’re good to go.”
So, before focusing on TJ Watt’s return to the turf or Kenny Pickett’s ongoing quest for his first NFL victory, the Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania hopes people take a second to focus on their health.
“They feel good, and a lot of people with diabetes feel good. And don’t realize they have it,” added Vizzoca.
In Pennsylvania alone, experts estimate about 300,000 people have the disease and don’t even know it.
To show you how easy vetting is, KDKA’s own Chris DeRose ran a quick investigation.
First the paperwork.
“I feel like I’m about to get my nails done,” DeRose said.
Then the cock.
“It wasn’t too bad.”
Minutes later, the results.
“82 is a very good number! So, you are at low risk for diabetes!”
“Hopefully we don’t find anyone with diabetes, but if someone does, we’ll take the steps to make sure they get the care they need,” Vizzoca said.
Giant Eagle pharmacists were also on hand before the game to administer flu and covid-19 shots.