Contact:
 Snow Hill Health Center 
 Prevention Program
 
 Phone: 410-632-0056
 
 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

altA combination of free education, support and prevention services taught by staff from Atlantic General Hospital and Worcester County Health Department including a Certified Diabetes Educator/Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, and an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist.

 


For Information on Current Lifestyle Balance Classes Call- 410-632-0056

 

To learn more about local diabetes resources on the shore and tri-county area, visit www.tridiabetes.org

About diabetes

Overview

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or respond to insulin properly.Diabetes results in high blood sugar if uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications that can include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation. There are many forms of diabetes. The 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes the body loses its ability to produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes is a combination where the body builds up a resistance to the action of insulin and not producing enough insulin
Pregnant women can also develop a form of diabetes known as Gestational Diabetes, which can increase the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.


Prevention

Practice good self management
Follow your physicians recommendations
Follow an appropriate eating plan
Regular physical activity
Take prescribed medications
Monitoring blood sugar levels closely

Diabetes Facts You Should Know


Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population had diabetes.
Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying contributing cause of death.

 

 

Symptoms of diabetes

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

Urinating often
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
Extreme fatigue
Blurry vision
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

Learn about how your doctor can make a diabetes diagnosis or take our Risk Test to find out if you are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetes.

For more information visit www.diabetes.org



Diabetes Prevention Program (Lifestyle Balance)

Free, 16-week, nutrition and physical activity behavior change program designed to help break the family cycle of diabetes. Program meets 3 days per week and is team taught by an exercise specialist and registered dietitian and can be provided at community and faith-based sites in Worcester County. Free incentives, education, and lifestyle balance coach.


These services are provided by the Prevention Program.

 

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WCHD News

(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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Men's Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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Summer Wellness Camp

The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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