Wellness opportunities offered at Tour

Published 8:21 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018

The American Diabetes Association will partner with several organizations to offer resources for healthy living at Tour de Cure this April.

The Wellness Village at the Suffolk Executive Airport will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tour day. There will be free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. Certified diabetes educators from Riverside Regional Medical Center and Sentara will also be available, according to Robin Kantor, ADA Hampton Roads director of development.

“Riverside Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring the ‘Know Your Numbers’ table where participants can get help and guidance taking the Diabetes Risk Test,” Kantor said in an email. Lilly Diabetes and Astra Zeneca will also have tables.

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Walgreens Pharmacy will be the wellness sponsor for Tour this year and will have a pharmacist on site for screenings.

“We’ll also take some fun pictures with the riders, walkers and participants at the event,” Magali Pattison, district manager for Walgreens Pharmacy and retail operations, said in a phone interview.

The Lions Club will provide free vision and hearing screenings as well.

“All of these screenings are open to the community, even if they’re not registered or participating in Tour,” Kantor said. “We encourage people to come out and take advantage of the resources that are available.”

The 2018 Hampton Roads Tour de Cure will take place on April 28, beginning and ending at the Suffolk Executive Airport. The route options are 12, 30, 63 and 100 miles. There will also be a 5K run and walk for those that don’t wish to ride.

There is a $30 registration fee and a $200 fundraising minimum. The registration fee will go up to $35 on Tour day. The fundraising goal is $450,000, and approximately $235,365 has been raised as of Saturday.

Visit diabetes.org/hrtdc or call 424-6662 ext. 3269 for more information.