National Diabetes and Awareness Month in New Jersey’s Heartland
According to the American Diabetes Association, 30 million people living in the U.S. have diabetes, and another 86 million people are pre-diabetic. In recent years, diabetes became the sixth leading cause of death in New Jersey as reported by the New Jersey Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Services.
November is National Diabetes and Awareness Month, and we want to help bring focus to the disease and the people who live with diabetes day-in and day-out right here in New Jersey’s Heartland.
Education and good nutrition are two big weapons in the fight against diabetes, which is why leading medical centers throughout New Jersey’s Heartland will be offering educational and cooking classes for those interested in learning more about living with and preventing the disease. These classes are more than just a great way to learn. They are also a wonderful opportunity to meet people within the community, while sharing personal experiences or helpful hints (we’ve provided some tips, too).
Diabetes Education at Salem Hospital
Salem County Locations
If you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes, have had diabetes for many years or if you have recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, Salem Hospital can help.
They have education services that will help you learn to monitor your blood sugar, manage your medications, plan healthy food choices, reduce the risk of complications and set goals for healthy lifestyle changes.
For a list of services included and what your health insurance may cover click here.
Kennedy Hospital/ UMC Washington Township – Learning to Live Well with Diabetes
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
Being educated about diabetes is the key to living well with diabetes! Attend Kennedy Hospital’s acclaimed diabetes education sessions and learn skills and strategies for managing this disease.
Each session consists of three (3) classes, one per week for three consecutive weeks.
Monday, November 16, 23, 30 from 5 – 8 pm.
Most insurances are accepted to cover the educational fee. Visit the Kennedy Hospital website to complete registration information.
Health and Prevention Tips
Who doesn’t like to indulge in sweets and an occasional glass of wine? But where is the line between satisfying a craving and overindulging in foods that can be hazardous to our health? Make adjustments to your lifestyle by following these tips to reduce your risk of getting diabetes.
- Shed those unnecessary pounds. Being overweight is a huge risk factor in getting diabetes. The National Center for Biotechnology for Information found that every 2.2 pounds of weight lost reduces diabetes by 16 percent.
- Mother Nature’s #1 fluid – water. Drink lots of it! Sugar-sweetened beverages can cause obesity and diabetes. Drink them only in moderation.
- Catch your zzz’s – Not sleeping the right amount of hours per night can increase the risk for obesity and diabetes.
- Get your work out on! – The American Diabetes Association recommends staying active by exercising 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Aerobic experience lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes.
- Keep calm – don’t stress! – Stress increases blood sugar. Reduce stress through meditation and physical activity.
- Don’t skip out on medical appointments – The warning signs of type 2 diabetes are not always apparent. It’s important to see your doctor regularly. For a list of doctors in New Jersey’s Heartland click here.
- Nutrition is the key to staying healthy – As Miss Virginia Wolfe once said, one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not DINED WELL! Making the right food choices, can reduce the risk of getting diabetes.
Contact us if you would like to submit any diabetes events happening in New Jersey’s Heartland!