2012-11-15 / Community

MDCH tackles type 2 diabetes


Kerry Ott, Manistique coordinator of the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health, right, presents Manistique City Councilperson Rick Hollister with the bronze level award for the Promoting Active Communities Program. In 2011, Manistique won the copper level award, moving up from that in 2012 primarily due to an increase in community policies and planning, notably the city’s newly adopted non-motorized transportation plan. Kerry Ott, Manistique coordinator of the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health, right, presents Manistique City Councilperson Rick Hollister with the bronze level award for the Promoting Active Communities Program. In 2011, Manistique won the copper level award, moving up from that in 2012 primarily due to an increase in community policies and planning, notably the city’s newly adopted non-motorized transportation plan. LANSING – November is National Diabetes Month, and the Michigan Department of Community Health and the National Diabetes Education Program are working to help people better understand how to make necessary changes in their lives to prevent type 2 diabetes, manage their diabetes to prevent complications, and live healthier lives.

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans, and an estimated 79 million people are at risk for developing the disease. Obesity is also a major contributor to chronic diseases such as diabetes. In Michigan alone, diabetes affects more than one million people, and more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.

“Even if you know what to do to improve your health, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a big challenge,” said James K. Haveman, director of the MDCH. “That’s why it’s important to set goals and make a plan to prevent type 2 diabetes or manage diabetes to prevent complications. The Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan can help in goal setting. ”

This National Diabetes Month, the MDCH is working with the NDEP to help people make a change by bringing behavior change tools to the community - tools to help people better understand how to make healthy changes in their day to day life.

One of those tools is the Michigan Health and Wellness 4x4Planthatrecommendsthe practice of four healthy behaviors and management of four health measures to attain and maintain overall wellness. The four healthy behaviors include a healthy diet, regular exercise, an annual physical exam and avoiding all tobacco use. The four measures are body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

Another tool to help set and meet goals is the NDEP’s Make a Plan tool. The tool helps individuals make a plan and work towards a goal by focusing on what is important to their health and how to break down their goals into small, achievable steps.

For more information about diabetes in Michigan, visit www.michigan. gov/ diabetes. To make a plan for a healthier future, visit www.michigan. gov/healthymichigan or www.yourdiabetesinfo.org.

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