Healthy Living for ME recognizes November as National Diabetes Month

Free workshops for prevention and management of diabetes available

During National Diabetes Month, Healthy Living for ME is encouraging Mainers to take advantage of the programs and resources they offer to help people prevent and manage the disease. Over 10 percent of Maine’s population has diabetes and another 8 percent of Maine’s adults are aware they are pre-diabetic. Nationally, over 30 million people have diabetes.

“National Diabetes Month is an opportunity to bring awareness to the prevalence of diabetes as well as to the opportunities available for preventing and managing the disease,” said Jennifer Fortin, training & fidelity manager of Healthy Living for ME. “Our workshops and other resources can help Mainers who have diabetes learn strategies for better management of the disease, as well as help those who are pre-diabetic make lifestyle changes and lower their risk for developing diabetes. We have heard from many participants — including  a

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Hattiesburg YMCA site of National Healthy Kids Day events

Live music, yoga, boxing and more will be taking over the Hattiesburg YMCA on Saturday for National Healthy Kids Day.

“These kids have been shut in from the pandemic and shut out of school activities. This is my way of saying ‘Welcome back,’” Jerry Baker, a barber who is donating free haircuts at the event, said in a media release.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All activities will be set up tailgate-style in the parking lot of the YMCA at 3719 Veterans Memorial Drive in Hattiesburg.

This free event will feature live music by one-man band Charles “CC” Carter, an appearance by Mississippi Miss Hospitality McKay Lee Bray and health and wellness representatives from the community. There will be a community product giveaway sponsored by Spartan Mosquito.

Healthy Kids Day will also feature multiple interactive activities including yoga and boxing demonstrations.

UPDATE:Free drive-in movie

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Clark County among least healthy counties in Ohio, according to national data

Clark County’s ranking looks at the most recent health data available for factors like adult obesity (37%), low birthweight babies (9%) and flu vaccination rates (48%). But the rankings also consider a range of social factors that drive health like high school completion (89%), severe housing problems (13%) and children living in poverty (21%).

Those figures are then compared to the state and national average to determine a county’s ranking.

Marietta Orlowski, chair of the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at Wright State University, said it is important to measure social drivers of health because they are important root causes of health outcomes and because things that get measured tend to also get resources.

For example, people can learn at the doctor’s office how to properly manage their asthma.

“But if they’re living in an environment with poor air quality and mold, doing a behavior-oriented intervention isn’t going

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