Know your risk: American Diabetes Month

diabetesNearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes – kids & adults. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which individuals have high blood sugar but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

  • One important risk factor for diabetes is family history.
  • Most people with type 2 diabetes have a family member with the disease. If you have a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes, you are at risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • If you have a family history of diabetes – or other risk factors that increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes such as being overweight or obese, physically inactive, over the age of 45, or if you got diabetes during pregnancy.

Take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test – it’s quick and easy.

There are things you can do to help prevent or delay the onset of the disease

  • Choose foods such as fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken and turkey without the skin, dry beans and peas, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese. Drink water instead of juices or sodas.
  • When eating a meal, fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with a lean protein, such as beans, or chicken or turkey without the skin, and one quarter with a whole grain, such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta.
  • Set a goal to be active at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week. You can start slow by taking 10 minute walks, 3 times a day. Ask family members to be active with you.
  • Every day write down what you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active. Review it every day. This will help you reach your goals.
  • Talk to your doctor about your family health history. Diabetes is a serious disease and it is important to know your risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Lower your risk
  • Take Small Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • Weekly cooking tips, recipes, and easy ways to be more active


March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. It affects both men and women and the risks increase with age. More than 90% of call cases occur in people 50 years of age and older.
According to the CDC, if everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Screening, including free screenings for low-income individuals in 25 states.
Learn more about prevention, risk factors,a nd symptoms

Swine Flu – H1N1 – Information and Resources

In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee of the CDC Influenza Division describes swine flu – its signs and symptoms, how it’s transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.

Additional resources: – Individuals & Families Planning – tools to help you plan for challenges that you might face, particularly if a pandemic is severe.
Swine Influenza (Flu) – Resources, updates and news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It includes a chart that lists confirmed cases by state. Also see the CDC Twitter feed CDCemergency and What’s new on the CDC Swine Flu Site
Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home
Hand Washing: An easy way to prevent infection – Learn the proper way to kill germs from the folks at the Mayo Clinic
General Instructions for Disposable Respirators – brief video from the CDC that demonstrates how to put on and take off disposable respirators.

Frequently asked questions

CDC: Swine Influenza and You
Frequently asked questions from

Swine Flu Maps

H1N1 Swine Flu