The eight Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County will give away free entrees on Tuesday to encourage people to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

As part of the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day, an annual promotion held on the fourth Tuesday in March, everyone is encouraged to take the ADA’s diabetes risk test online. The test consists of eight questions covering such topics as weight, age and family history and takes less than 60 seconds to complete.

Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Anyone who visits a local Chick-fil-A restaurant between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and shows proof they completed the diabetes risk test, will receive their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich or eight-piece grilled nuggets.

Proof can include either a printout from the website or the test’s final page on a smartphone.

No personal information or test results are required. No purchase is required. There is a limit of one free entree per customer per day.

The ADA says an estimated 26 million Americans have diabetes, including 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.”

Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

— From a Chick-fil-A press release

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.