NEWS RELEASE – (03/08/2019)
Health Department Offering Free Health Education and A1C Testing
ST. GEORGE, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is offering three new opportunities for healthy living education to help residents lose weight and prevent diabetes and heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled in the last twenty years as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.
“Food choices and lack of physical activity play a major role in putting people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” says Jeff Smith, SWUPHD Diabetes Program Manager. “By consistently making sustainable changes to eat a little better and move more, people can really make a difference in reducing their risk of these serious diseases.”
The health department’s new health education options are free and include:
Online Course: This course is self-paced and easy to follow with short readings, engaging videos, and action steps. After completing the course, adult participants will be eligible for a FREE A1C test which measures blood sugar levels over the prior few months. This course can be found at swuhealth.org/diabetes.
Weekly In-Person Classes: Classes are held every Tuesday, 12-12:50 PM at the SWUPHD St George office (620 S. 400 E.). Classes will provide a safe and encouraging place to learn and discuss healthy living topics. After attending 6 classes, adult participants will be eligible for a FREE A1C test.
Monthly Community Forum: These forums will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and get answers about diabetes management and prevention. We will invite local medical professionals to take questions from the audience. These forums will start on May 9th at 6 PM and will be held every 2nd Thursday thereafter at the SWUPHD St George office.”We are really trying to motivate people to start making simple, healthy changes, and we believe these new learning opportunities will do that,” Smith says.
You can learn more at swuhealth.org/diabetes, or call Jeff at 435-986-2552.