A leading cause of death and one of the most costly health problems in America, diabetes affects more than 14 million people in the United States and millions of others aren’t aware that they have the disease. And, these numbers continue to grow. Recognizing that this disease could affect many of its customers, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has worked with suppliers including Ross Products and Novartis to create an in-store diabetes awareness event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, in more than 2,900 Wal-Mart stores across the nation. Customers visiting their local Wal-Mart on this day can take advantage of healthy product samplings and free blood glucose screenings performed by certified health screeners. The screeners will be available in all store locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, customers can take home a self-assessment risk test and a diabetes resource magazine to learn more about early detection, risk factors and nutrition tips, as well as, other diabetes-related resources. “Wal-Mart has a history of supporting safety and health issues,” Wal-Mart pharmacist Al Pearson said. “With the number of customers that come to our stores each week, we have a unique opportunity to touch a significant amount of the population in our community.” Throughout September Wal-Mart will focus on diabetes living’offering diabetes risk tests for customers, providing information for people who may be at risk, and offering health tips and resources to people with diabetes. Event details include: ‘ For All Your Needs: diabetes awareness begins Sept. 2. (Wal-Mart will host in-store activities and certified health screeners to provide customers with helpful information on living with diabetes. ‘ “Edutainment”: Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in all Wal-Mart stores. (Certified health screeners will provide free blood glucose tests; customers can sample relevant products and complete a self-assessment diabetes risk test; and an exclusive diabetes resource book and Diabetes Digest will be available to customers.) For more information, contact the local Wal-Mart or go to www.walmart.com.