Contact:
 Snow Hill Health Center 
 Prevention Program
 
 Phone: 410-632-0056
 
 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

altA combination of free education, support and prevention services taught by staff from Atlantic General Hospital and Worcester County Health Department including a Certified Diabetes Educator/Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, and an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist.

 


For Information on Current Lifestyle Balance Classes Call- 410-632-0056

 

To learn more about local diabetes resources on the shore and tri-county area, visit www.tridiabetes.org

About diabetes

Overview

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or respond to insulin properly.Diabetes results in high blood sugar if uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications that can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation. There are many forms of diabetes. The 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes the body loses its ability to produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes is a combination where the body builds up a resistance to the action of insulin and not producing enough insulin
Pregnant women can also develop a form of diabetes known as Gestational Diabetes, which can increase the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.


Prevention

Practice good self management
Follow your physicians recommendations
Follow an appropriate eating plan
Regular physical activity
Take prescribed medications
Monitoring blood sugar levels closely

Diabetes Facts You Should Know


Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes.
Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying contributing cause of death.

 

 

Symptoms of diabetes

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

Urinating often
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
Extreme fatigue
Blurry vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

Learn about how your doctor can make a diabetes diagnosis or take our Risk Test to find out if you are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetes.

For more information visit www.diabetes.org



Diabetes Prevention Program (Lifestyle Balance)

Free, 16-week, nutrition and physical activity behavior change program designed to help break the family cycle of diabetes. Program meets 3 days per week and is team taught by an exercise specialist and registered dietitian and can be provided at community and faith-based sites in Worcester County. Free incentives, education, and lifestyle balance coach.


These services are provided by the Prevention Program.

 

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WCHD News

Next Tuesday's Smoking Cessation Class in Pocomoke will be held from 9:30 am -10:30 am. Class times will return to regular hours the following Tuesday. For more information call 410-632-0056. Thank you. 

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Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, Smoking Cessation Classes in Snow Hill for Monday, 5/27/19, are canceled. Classes will resume at the normal time and location the following Monday, 6/3/19. Call 410-632-0056 for more information.

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Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s free Lifestyle Balance program aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools. New classes begin this September at the Atlantic Club in West Ocean City.


• Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning September 11 and ending on January 15.

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