Students screened for hearing, vision, diabetes

It's that time again!

Pine Woods Screening Services has returned to check Varnett students for hearing, vision, acanthosis nigricans (Type 2 diabetes) and spinal deficiency.

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body. The condition causes velvety, light-brown-to-black markings usually on the neck and under the arms, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website. Acanthosis nigricans is most often associated with obesity and the testing can help identify people who run the risk of developing diabetes. Exercise and proper nutrition will help reduce the risk of the condition. The screening will be for students in Pre-K4, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grade students.

According to its brochure, Pine Woods Screening Services provides parent letters and notices, memos outlining the screening process, copies of the results for parents and the school, a tally sheet of names for the school district and a checklist explaining post-screening procedures.

The annual screening for students at each of the three campuses is free. Varnett takes pride in providing the best health services for its children.

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