Healthy Eating and Nutrition

Obesity has been linked to increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis-related disability, and some cancers. According to the most recent data, 64% of all Harford County adults and 25% of our children are still overweight and obese.

Healthy Harford does not emphasize weight loss through dieting, but rather by making positive lifestyle choices. By focusing on getting the maximum nutrition from your food, low calorie, high nutrition foods will replace high calorie, low nutritional foods, and weight loss will occur naturally.

Our goal is to help make eating healthy easier. Contrary to popular opinion, healthy eating isn’t necessarily more expensive, but it can be more time consuming at first while you’re still learning. The resources and tips here are designed to help.

 

 Diabetes

According to world experts, the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes is projected to increase 165%, from 11 million in 2000 (prevalence of 4.0%) to 29 million in 2050 (prevalence of 7.2%). The largest percent increase in diagnosed diabetes will be among those aged ≥75 years (+271% in women and +437% in men). The fastest growing ethnic group with diagnosed diabetes is expected to be black males (+363% from 2000–2050), with black females (+217%), white males (+148%), and white females (+107%) following. Of the projected 18 million increase in the number of cases of diabetes in 2050, 37% are due to changes in demographic composition, 27% are due to population growth, and 36% are due to increasing prevalence rates. (Projection of Diabetes Burden through 2050 Impact of changing demography and disease prevalence in the US, James P. Boyle, PhD1,Amanda A. Honeycutt,PhD2).

Resources

Diabetes Prevention Program – This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) program teaches healthy lifestyles and is offered free in our community by the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. This year long class meets weekly for 16 weeks, then moves to meeting every other week, and then finally meets monthly for check ins and support.

Diabetes Self-Management Program – This Centers for Disease Control (CDC) program offered by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health is designed for people with type 1, type 2, or prediabetes.  It is a FREE six-week program that teaches you how to read nutrition labels, plan healthy meals, keep your blood sugar in check, and more!

The next Diabetes Self-Management Program starts on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in a Zoom platform.  Call Healthlink to register at 1-800-515-0044.