Held annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, the ADA’s Alert Day encourages people to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by taking the ADA’s diabetes risk test at www.diabetes.org/socalalert. The risk test, consisting of eight questions covering such topics as family history, weight and age, takes less than 60 seconds to complete.
Anyone who visits a local Chick-fil-A restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on March 24, and shows proof they completed the diabetes risk test, will receive their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich entrée or a free eight-piece grilled nugget entrée. Proof can include either a printout from the website page or show the risk test’s final page on a smart phone. No personal information or test results will be collected. No purchase is required. Limit of one free entree per customer per day. Not valid with meals purchases.
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit www.chick-fil-a.com.
The ADA said an estimated 29 million Americans have diabetes, including about 230,000 San Diego County residents. As many as 25 percent of people with diabetes are not aware they have the disease, according to Larissa Roman, executive director of the ADA office in San Diego. “Alert Day becomes a wake-up call for many people,” Roman said. “Diagnosis of diabetes often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment.”
ADA officials said Chick-fil-A’s two free items available on March 24 — the grilled chicken sandwich entrée and free eight-count grilled nugget entrée – are menu items that have been approved by the American Diabetes Association as healthy eating options for people with diabetes.
This year, the American Diabetes Association is celebrating their 75th anniversary honoring 75 years of discovery, innovation and progress in diabetes treatment, management and quality of life.