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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and many other complications. Some of the main contributors to Type 2 Diabetes are being overweight, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity. 1 in 11 American has diabetes, and 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes! 

Eating Healthy!

Try to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.

Incorporate a variety of foods – Eat a rainbow!

Moderation is key! – Watch your portions at Thanksgiving dinner!

Reduce sugary drinks.

Reduce refined sugary snacks.

Stay Active!

Try to be active for at least 30 minutes each day.

            Incorporate walks after meals.

            Housework and cleaning counts as physical activity!

            Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

            Take a bike to close destinations rather than driving.

            Stay motivated by getting the family involved!

                        Get the family moving after that big turkey day dinner!

Contributed by Rachel Castronovo, Dietetic Intern