Michigan Joins National Diabetes Awareness Month Efforts
LANSING, Mich. – An estimated 10.4 percent of Michigan adults 18 years and older have been diagnosed with diabetes. That’s why the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is supporting the Michigan Diabetes Awareness Month Capitol Event on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda.
“This event will show participants that it’s not too late to start living a healthy, active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MCDH. “With a sensible diet and exercise, you can take charge of your diabetes and help prevent its deadly complications.
The event, which features the national theme ‘America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes,’ is designed to engage and empower Americans to cook nutritious and delicious food, and to encourage them to be more active. In recognition of National Diabetes Month in November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more via social media and can be viewed at http://www.diabetesforecast.org/.
The Michigan Diabetes Awareness Month Capitol Event is open to community members, legislators, and health care and community health practitioners who work with diabetes management and prevention programs. Guest speakers will address diabetes initiatives in Michigan and how to purchase and prepare healthy foods on a budget. The 2014 winner of the Sally Joy Leadership Award will also be presented by the Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition and the ADA.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that after decades of continued growth in cases of diagnosed diabetes, the diabetes epidemic may be beginning to slow. However, reducing new cases of diabetes is unlikely without continuing to reduce obesity, improve diet and reduce sedentary lifestyle in the U.S. population.
Lifestyle change programs – like CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program – can help those at high risk of developing the disease. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm for more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program and a list of Michigan programs.
SAN ANTONIO — Every single case involving a horrific mass shooting in this country in recent years has had one thing in common: At least one person knew the perpetrator struggled with a mental illness. Now, a new mobile application seeks to prevent another such tragedy from happening by putting vital information about mental illness — including signs and symptoms and how to seek help — right in people’s hands. The Center for Health Care Services on Wednesday unveiled Mental Health & You (MHU), an innovative crisis intervention tool that seeks to educate the public about mental illness and provide local and national resources for early intervention and treatment. “We know that one in four people will be diagnosed with a mental illness in this country, but most go untreated,” said Leon Evans, executive director of the center who was the brainchild behind the new app. “We know that people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violent crime, rather than perpetrators of it.”
The MHU smartphone app was created in response to recent national shooting tragedies involving individuals with severe, untreated mental illness. Although friends and family members knew these individuals were ill, they were unsure of what to do or how to help. MHU was designed specifically for this purpose -- “ to educate the public about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and provide local and national resources for early intervention and treatment."
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