department offers free information on diabetes
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[March 19, 2009]
Diabetes is a very serious
disease. Over 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes
and many more are at risk. In Logan County a recent health survey
has found that approximately 10 percent of county residents have
been told by a health care provider that they have diabetes. Some
risk factors include having high blood pressure, family history of
diabetes and being overweight. Diabetes can lead to serious
complications such as kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and
blindness, just to name a few.
People with diabetes can lead a normal healthy life. With proper
management, diet and exercise complications can be avoided. Don't
avoid your diabetes; get help today with your diabetes management.
The diabetic prevention and control program at the Logan County
Department of Public Health began in 2006 with the mission to
increase awareness of diabetes and identify areas of need in our
community. Some of the benefits of being involved in this free
program are education in risk factors as well as diet and nutrition,
free diabetic-related literature, blood pressure monitoring,
diabetic case management, support groups, a quarterly newsletter,
free glucose meters (when available), flu vaccines, and much more.
The health department has also initiated several free programs to
benefit those who are diabetic or may be at risk for diabetes. These
programs are open to everyone.
The diabetic support group meets the last Monday of the
month at 4:30 p.m. at the Logan County Department of Public Health.
Topics vary depending on the need.
Exercise at the Logan County Department of Public Health
is free on Tuesday evenings at 6:30. Some of the exercises are done
in a chair, some behind the chair using it for support, and some use
light weights that are provided (this is optional). Everything is at
your own pace. The program uses music and there is a certified
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Nutrition class with Dr. Dan Freesmeier meets the first Monday
of each month at 6 p.m. This is a free class at the Logan County
Department of Public Health. Freesmeier discusses how our digestive
system works and how nutrition, good and bad, affects it. Using
up-to-date medical research, he helps participants understand what
they need to do to lose weight and get healthy or stay healthy.
Topics vary each month. Several individuals who have been coming to
this class have been successful in losing weight and getting off
some or all medications with the help of their physician. This class
is for everyone who wants to eat right and be healthy.
For more information on the diabetic program or any of these
other free programs, call the Logan County Department of Public
Health at 217-735-2317 or stop by. Health department hours are
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department
of Public Health]