New Diabetes Prevention program promotes health living, addressing type-2 diabetes concerns
WORCESTER CO., Md.- The Worcester County Health Department is addressing type 2 diabetes cases in the state through a new program.
The Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Program kicked off today. This free, year-long program is devoted to healthy eating and finding ways to keep participants active like walking or yard work at home.
While the pandemic has put many chronic illnesses and crucial doctor visits for patients on the backburner, health officials say diabetes is a condition you must be proactive about in terms of treatment and prevention. “It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the state of Maryland and that is significant. And not only that you’re looking at something that contributes to a lot of other chronic conditions. Primarily cardiovascular disease,” said Chronic Illness & Tobacco Supervisor Crystal Bell.
“Prevention is key. So we’re out here doing our part. We’re in public health and that is what it’s all about. It’s about prevention, it’s about linking people to resources, and it’s about helping them be successful so they can actually live a healthy lifestyle.”
We’re told, the program cuts participants’ risk of getting type-2 diabetes by 50% and is offered online or in-person at the Pocomoke Library.
To find out more, contact the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100 Ext. 1108 or log on to www.walkworcester.org