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Diabetes: A Family Matter

Diabetes: A Family Matter News Archive

  • March 12, 2012

    A new film called "Tobaccolachia" was produced by Steve Middleton from Morehead state University. The film has been added to the toolkit section of the website, look under the film tab on the left side of this section to locate it. This film provides facts about the problem of tobacco in Appalachia, a particular problem for those with or at risk for type 2 diabetes. This film was made for those living in tobacco growing regions of Appalachia. Tobacco has deep meanings related to family and place for those that were raised in places where the crops have been grown. Memories of the work with tobacco, relationships with family and friends, and and the ways the sale of this crop was important to family life still linger for many. Ways to talk about the links between tobacco and disease and illness are needed. However, we need to do it in ways that understand the fond memories of growing of the crop has had for so many individuals and their families. The risks to our health caused by tobacco cannot be denied, but we must also be sensitive to the fact that the family experience of growing the crop has special memories and value for many in the region. Please watch the film and start a new conversation with young people about the risks of tobacco and support those still using tobacco products to find ways to quit.

  • March 12, 2012

    Diabetes: A Family Matter program is being incorporated into the Strengthening Communities to Prevent Diabetes in Rural Appalachia's Vulnerable Populations project and this information will begin to be initially disseminated through diabetes coalition groups in 11 counties in four Appalachian states (KY, MS, OH, VA). Additionally Faith Based Health ministries are being started in each of the three project regions. This work will involve giving some education and support to three person Church Health Teams that will return to their local churches and work with others to create programs, events, and activities that are aimed at diabetes risk reduction and healthy lifestyles. More information about this work will be posted on the Strengthening Communities to Prevent Diabetes in Rural Appalachia's Vulnerable Populations website

  • July 7, 2011

    The final evaluation workshop for the county teams and volunteer SUGAR Helpers taking part in the CDC funded evaluation project will occur on August 3, 2011 from 9 am to 4:00 pm. The workshop will be held at the Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton, Ohio. At this session, the 11 county teams from Ohio (Adams, Athens, Lawrence, Perry, Ross, Scioto), Kentucky (Carter, Lewis, Rown), and West Virginia (Wayne) will share with one another what they have been accomplishing through their volunteer efforts. These volunteers have been working together to make the problem of diabetes more visible where they live, work, play and pray.

  • July 7, 2011

    On July 15, 2011 in Portsmouth, Ohio, participants from the CDC funded Strengthening Communities to Prevent Diabetes in Rural Appalachian Counties project will take place. Participants from three regions in four states Ohio (Scioto), Kentucky (Elliott, Lewis, Morgan, Wolfe), Virginia (Buchanan, Russell, Wise), and Mississippi (Kemper, Noxubee, Winston) will take part. The county administrative liaisons and a representative from each diabetes coalition will spend a day along with county team members from the Diabetes: A Family Matter program as they take part in the Action Planning for Diabetes Prevention Workshop in Portsmouth, Ohio. The aim of this workshop is to help participants learn more about the use of assessment data in developing a strategic plan.

  • June 16, 2011

    Save-the-Date: A diabetes conference will be held on July 14, 2011 at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth, Ohio. The conference is titled "Better Health in Appalachia: Preventing Diabetes and Its Risks" and is intended for nurses, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, persons with diabetes, those interested in the prevention of diabetes, and in promoting healthy lifestyles. The conference is free, but you must register to attend. Contact Kimberly Leach kw286007@ohio.edu for more information. Deborah Fillman, immediate past president of AADE will be the keynote speaker.

  • June 8, 2011

    It is time for those of us living in the rural Appalachian region to become even more aware of the things that determine our health. Many things of concern are beyond the reach of medical doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Here are two examples. First, the Farm Bill and Public Health are areas of great concern to our nation's people. Access to healthy food is important. Take some time to learn more about the related issues. Second, healthy lifestyles are important for us all, but especially important when we think about the lives of our children and grandchildren. Follow Me is a website where you can learn more about the importance of healthy lifestyles and leading by example. LEAD stands for lifestyle, education, activity and diet. Check out the resources on this website.

  • June 8, 2011

    Community Food Initiative in Athens County, Ohio
    View this video about community wide efforts to instill a passion for a sustainable lifestyle centered around the food of the region. Learn about a local Community Food Initiative and the Edible Schoolyard Program.

  • June 8, 2011

    Choose my Plate
    Take a few minutes to look at the new USDA website and see the newest guidelines for healthy eating. This new information is clear and easy to understand. Share these facts with your family and friends.

  • April 29, 2011

    "Diabetes: Close to the Heart"

    http://www.diabetesharmonyforhealth.com/hcp/dando.html

  • April 3, 2011

    "Let's Move".... Find out what parents, kids, schools, and others can do to take action. Neighborhood and faith-based organizations are well positioned to initiate and coordinate activities that encourage healthy living and well-being. Trusted leaders in communities and congregations can empower families and communities to make better choices to improve the health of our nation’s children. Click here to learn more.

  • April 3, 2011

    Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA): Challenge yourself for six months to start active lifestyle goals, log your activities, and  earn your Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). All you need to do is document your active exercise each day (60 minutes/day for children and 30 minutes/day for adults), 5 days a week, for six weeks.

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