November is American Diabetes Month, a month devoted to health care awareness for a disease that affects millions of Americans. We want to help raise some health care awareness about how to prevent this insidious disease, for the health of our Concorde students, faculty and associates.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems if not controlled.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes - more than 30 million people nationwide. Another 84 million adults around the country are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that those at high risk can lower that risk by more than half if they increase health care awareness and make healthy changes. Eating healthy, getting more physical activity and losing weight are just a few things people can do.
How can increased health care awareness about diabetes make a difference?
Use this month to raise health care awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. Here are a few ideas:
- Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. Get blood pressure and cholesterol checked and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Take action to increase health care awareness about diabetes and healthy lifestyles
- Partner with your local gym or YMCA to host a diabetes prevention party focused on eating healthy and physical activity.
- Find out which local churches have a health ministry. Offer to give a presentation on how to prevent type 2 diabetes at their next event.
- Host a cooking demonstration featuring diabetes-friendly recipes. Get local nutritionists involved.
- Include healthy Thanksgiving recipes in your next newsletter or company email along with quick tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Post tips on type 2 diabetes on your employee bulletin board.
- Encourage your members or employees to get active. Organize lunchtime walks or invite local gyms to showcase their fitness classes and programs.
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