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“Hydration” means drinking enough to keep your body working properly. More than half of your body weight is water, and all of your organs need water to do their jobs right. This is especially important in hot weather or when you’re exercising a lot, since sweating pushes a lot of fluid out of your body, and you need to replace it. HOW MUCH? You might hear different things about how much water you should drink. A good guideline is 4 to 6 cups of water a day for young kids and 6 to 8 cups for older kids and grown-ups. And if you’re outside on a hot day or exercising, it’s a good idea to make a point of drinking a lot of water even if you don’t feel thirsty.

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Water gives your body exactly what it needs, without giving it extra stuff (like sugar) that it doesn’t need. If you’d like to perk up your water, you can add a couple of spoonfuls of juice or a slice of lemon or lime. Iced herb tea, fizzy water, and milk are other good things to drink that don’t have added sugar.

SKIP SPORTS DRINKS: You might have heard of “electrolytes,” which are minerals and salts that you lose when you sweat. Drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet will replace them naturally—without all the sugar and artificial ingredients of sports drinks. But if you’re doing intense physical activity in super-hot weather, try coconut water, which will replace any minerals and salts you lose to sweat.

DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT: How do you feel on a day when you make the effort to drink plenty? Can you think of any times you probably didn’t drink enough? How did you feel then?

 Be Sure to Drink Your Water Daily!

Prevent T2 Virtual Classes

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Are you interested in joining the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) from the comfort of your home? The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a structured and evidence-based program developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is free to patients and it has been shown to cut in half the risk of getting diabetes. DPP is designed for people who have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes.

How It Works:
The one-year program is group-based and consists of weekly and monthly sessions led by a trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of adults with similar goals in a community setting.

Program Goals:

  • Weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight
  • Gradually increase physical activity to reach a goal of at least 150 minutes per week

Who Qualifies?
An eligible person must…

  • Be at least 18 years old and
  • Be overweight (Body Mass Index ≥25) and
  • NO previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and
  • Have a blood test result in the pre-diabetes range within the past year or be previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes:
    o Hemoglobin A1C: 5.7%–6.4% or
    o Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL or
    o Two-hour plasma glucose (after a 75gm glucose load): 140–199 mg/dL

Be on the lookout for further information. If you have any questions feel free to contact Dominque Simon 919-496-3344, dominque_simon@ncsu.edu

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North Carolina residents who have received seed shipments that they did not order from China or other foreign sources are advised NOT TO PLANT these seeds because they could be a pathway for introduction of invasive species, insects and plant diseases.
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An Exercise, and A Recipe

Back Leg Raise:

1. Stand behind a chair and slowly lift your right leg straight back. Avoid bending the right knee or pointing the right foot.

2. Hold the position for 2 seconds.

3. Repeat 10 times with the right leg, then 10 times with the left leg.

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Dominque Simon, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDominque SimonArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences - Food- Safety, Health and Nutrition Call Dominque E-mail Dominque N.C. Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Center
Updated on Aug 3, 2020
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