HAHRC Beats: America gets cooking to stop diabetes

Just under 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Another 86 million are at risk for developing diabetes. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin or use it in the right way. Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use sugar for energy. The body makes sugar from the foods that you eat. The ways to treat and manage diabetes are eating healthy, moving every day, and, in some cases, using medications to lower blood sugar levels. It’s often hard to make the lifestyle changes to reduce your risk or help manage your diabetes.

Healthy Active Hood River County (HAHRC) is our community healthy living coalition. We promote wellness through increased physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco use prevention, behavioral health, prevention of addictions and policy and environmental change. Join us at our next meeting Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Providence Hood River Hospital Education Center.

The American Diabetes Association knows that lifestyle changes are hard. That’s why it has dedicated the month of November to help people with diabetes or at risk make changes to improve their health. This year the theme is “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes.”

As part of “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes,” the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will post daily activities on their web site (www.diabetesforecast.org/adm) and facebook page. The activities include tips about getting moving, healthy recipes, and much more. Also, on November Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the ADA Expo will happen at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. It’s a free event and will have health screenings, healthy cooking and fun exercise demonstrations.

There will also be the latest product information and expert advice. You can register at www.diabetes.org/oregon-expo or Call 1-888-diabetes (1-888-342-3737).

One of your local sources of support with diabetes is your certified diabetes educators at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. A certified diabetes educator can provide you with the skills and information to manage your diabetes or reduce your risk of diabetes. Most insurance companies cover the cost of diabetes education also.

If you have questions about diabetes or would like more education, please contact Providence Hood River Diabetes Education at 541-387-6379 or 541-387-6369.

Kelly Chambers, MS, RD, CDE, is a nutritionist with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

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