Health Check

The third Grundy County Reversing Diabetes Seminar starts October 17! Richard is a participant in the second seminar. His Hemoglobin A1c has decreased from 11.4 in March to 6.1 in August! He has run his first 5K and is participating in other community activities he’s not felt like doing for a long while. He’s so happy; he is understanding diabetes better and wants everyone to know they can feel better too.

Even if you are unable to attend the upcoming seminar, here are some things you can do:

Be active at least 60 minutes a day. It’s OK to break it up into 20 minutes, three times a day. Play sports or ride a bike. Walk your dog. Play video games that make you move. Put on music and dance. Ask a friend or family member to join you.

Cut some calories each day. Drink water instead of soda, sweetened fruit drinks or fruit juice. You can cut about 150 calories this way. Eat a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar or bag of chips. You cut about 200 calories this way.

Eat breakfast every day. It will help you focus better at school and work. Have one bowl of whole grain cereal with nonfat or low-fat milk. Add a piece of fruit or some berries. Eat 2 slices of whole grain toast instead of a biscuit. Use fruit spread instead of margarine or butter.

If you eat lunch at school or pack your lunch for work, use lean meat in sandwiches and salads. Choose a sandwich over fried foods. Choose cooked or raw vegetables over French fries and fruit over cookies. Also, pack your lunch at night to save time in the morning. Use leftovers from dinner to make a sandwich. Add raw carrots and a piece of fruit.

Eat smaller portions of processed and refined foods at meals. Still hungry? Have more fruit or veggies.

The Grundy County Health Council and Diabetes Coalition want to make a difference for each person in our county. They, along with the City of Altamont, are sponsoring this next Reversing Diabetes Seminar, which will begin on Thursday evening October 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the community center in Altamont. We’ll meet for 6 weeks (skipping Thanksgiving). Anyone who is overweight, has high blood pressure, is pre-diabetic or diabetic is welcome to attend. Call 931-592-4191 to reserve a spot in this program.

Just prior to this seminar, there will also be a healthy cooking school held at the Cumberland Heights’ Community Center. It will be held each Monday night in October beginning October 7. To register for this program, call Mae at 692.2330 or 423-315.0709.

Improve your life! Choose Health!



Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm