Text to learn more about diabetes

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Txt 2 lrn ur diabetes risk & how 2 change it.

A new diabetes awareness program kicked off Thursday in Cincinnati and uses texting to help people learn their risk of developing the disease and how they can avert it.

Texting "HEALTH" to 300400 gets a series of questions to assess the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Participants then get weekly text messages about ways to improve their health and where they can get more help.

Diabetes association president Vivian Fonseca said nearly 79 million U.S. residents have pre-diabetes, putting them at higher risk for developing the diseases.

"The txt4health campaign reflects a collaborative effort that uses mobile health technology to connect people who are at risk to much-needed resources which will allow them to manage and improve their health," she said in a news release.

Cincinnati joins Detroit and New Orleans to be first to use the program. A txt4health Facebook page and Twitter feeds, including a national feed and individual txt4healthcincy and txt4healthNOLA feeds, have been active since late 2011.

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