Healthy Eating and Nutrition
All of the cells in our body are nourished by what we eat. Every calorie is a unit of energy which our cells use to build up, tear down, rebuild, or store for later use, making every thing we do every day possible. We literally are what we eat. But not every food calorie is created equal. Some provide a lot of nutrients to help support body functions, often called nutrient dense food, while others provide little or no nutrients, and sometimes even cause harm. These are known as empty calories or junk food.
Since we are what we eat, eating well has a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of our body and mind, as well as affecting sleep, immune system strength, hormones, energy levels, emotions, and so much more. At Healthy Harford we hope to provide information and resources to help all Harford County families be their healthiest. A big part of that is ensuring that all residents have access to healthy food, have access to the tools and information to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and have resources to avoid or manage chronic disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.
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).
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!
To find out when the next class begins, Call Healthlink to register at 1-800-515-0044.