FCS News September 14, 2020

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Prevent T2 Virtual Program

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Due to COVID-19 we have restructured the Prevent T2 program into a virtual experience. If you are interested in being a part of the year-long program that focus on preventing Type 2 diabetes, losing weight, and increasing your physical activity then this is the perfect program for you, and the great benefit is now you can do it from from the comfort of your office, home or anywhere that you may be. Classes will begin on September 21, 2020. You can choose the class time of noon–1 p.m. or 6–7 p.m. Register by September 17, 2020.

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 prediabetes 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 180 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 prediabetes 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

*NOTE: Adults screened with the CDC Prediabetes Screening Test may also qualify for this service. If you would like to be a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program, please contact Dominque Simon by September 17. There is no cost to participants and great incentives will be given throughout class. There is little or no risk for participating and you will gain valuable knowledge that can improve your health as well as your loved one’s health.
If you have any questions about program eligibility, please contact Dominque Simon at 919-496-3344 or by email at dominque_simon@ncsu.edu

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Falling for Scams Could Be a Disaster

September is Disaster Preparedness Month. During situations like a natural disaster or health emergency, scammers work fast to come up with new ways to con you out of money or to gain access to sensitive personal or financial information. They might try to prey on your generosity and empathy by coming up with a fake charity to provide relief for people affected by a natural disaster but pocket the donations instead. They could also try to sell you a phony cure or treatment during a health emergency, as we’ve seen during the pandemic.

To protect yourself and your loved ones, here are a few tips for avoiding disaster-related scams, as well as steps you can take to spread the word.
Click on the link for more information: Falling For Scams Could Be a Disaster

Practice Gratitude

The pandemic has been so hard! Social distancing is tough, and we’ve missed (and worried about) our friends and family. But it hasn’t been all bad, has it? Have you spent more time playing with your children? Been better about calling your grandparents? Had more time to sleep or relax? Think of 3 ways that the last 6 months have actually been good for you and your life.

Quick Tips for Staying Active during the Fall Season

Written by Kristie Hicks

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Fall is here, and it is such a beautiful time of year! The leaves start to fall, the pumpkins come out and the weather becomes much cooler. Can you think of a more perfect time to get outside and be active?

Several indoor and outdoor activities exist that are great for cooler weather, so don’t let your active lifestyle drop along with the temperature! Before you start being active, consider these tips to make the most of this fall season.
Click on the link for more information: Staying Healthy During Fall

Stress Relief and Mental Health Strategies

Written by: Corinne Goudreault

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Back to school season can be stressful in a normal year, but with COVID-19 and switching to virtual or hybrid schooling plans this year is bringing extra challenges. In our programs, we discuss the importance of mindfulness and managing stress as strategies to reach our health goals. Here are a few strategies that may help you manage stress and stay on track through this difficult time.
Click on the link for more information: Stress Relief Strategies

Have You Completed Your Census 2020?

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Why complete the census?

Federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

Who can complete the census?
EVERYONE, citizens and non-citizens, who is currently living in the country.
It’s not too late: You still have time to complete your census. The deadline is September 30, 2020. You can complete the census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that’s still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 21-25, 2020, is designed to spread this important public health message. Did you know that 1 in 4 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible. The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some factors that can lead to a fall from the National Council on Aging (NCOA): 6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall >>