NEW YORK --
Duane Reade has launched a Diabetes Resource Center in its store at 1889 Broadway in Manhattan. The flagship center is a training and educational facility for individuals with diabetes mellitus; it‘s open to the public and free of charge. It will offer educational classes, scheduled appointments and walk-in services managed and taught by licensed pharmacists and certified diabetes educators. Diabetes affects approximately 700,000 New Yorkers, and almost a third are unaware they have the condition, according to Duane Reade, which says its retail center is the first of its kind. Participants do not have to be Duane Reade customers to make use of the services and classes. "As the number of people with diabetes in the New York metropolitan area is reaching epidemic levels, health care providers need to collaborate to adequately educate those affected," said Kaliroi Brodin, director of health and wellness services for the chain. "By partnering with local health care professionals in our efforts, we hope to become a convenient one-stop destination where individuals with diabetes can come to acquire the tools necessary to take care of their health and successfully manage the disease."