SUPPORT AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH

(Press release from Lake County General Department of Health)November 2011   Support American Diabetes Month

The rate of diabetes continues to increase. In 2010, 25.8 million people in the United States were diabetic, and an estimated 79 million people were considered pre-diabetic. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by diabetes and its complications.

The time to act is now. Join Healthy People 2020 in support of American Diabetes Month. Organizations and individuals can work together in their community to prevent diabetes and its complications by:

·         Increasing awareness and knowledge of the seriousness of diabetes and its risk factors

·         Supporting physical activity and healthy eating efforts

·         Encourage people to talk to with their doctor or nurse about diabetes. As a preventive service, diabetes testing may be free for some insurance plans.

·         Funding and supporting programs to increase

Fast-Stat: 1 of every 5 U.S. medical care dollars is spent on caring for people diagnosed with diabetes.

Take Action

·         Mobilize individuals and organizations around diabetes. Learn how to get started.

·         Recognize American Diabetes Month by sharing this sample announcement with

local media, listservs, or within your own organization.

·         Download the 16 Healthy People 2020 Diabetes objectives [PDF – 17.8 KB] and share them with a colleague.

·         Pledge to help reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Headlines

·         Healthy People 2020 Releases Leading Health Indicators

·         New Research Highlights the Importance of Diabetes Patient Education

·         Study Finds Where You Live Affects Your Obesity, Diabetes Risk

·         U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces New Million Hearts Initiative

·         Healthy People 2020 Announces Leading Health Indicators App Challenge   Healthy People is a federal government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   200 Independence Avenue, S.W. – Washington, D.C. 20201

To stay abreast of Lake County Battles Obesity, visit Ron Graham’s blog for the Lake County General Health District at http://lcghd.blogspot.com   Visit often.  The life and limb you save may be your own.

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