Healthy Eating and Nutrition

All of the cells in our body are nourished by what we eat. Our food is a constant source of energy to build, tear down, rebuild, or store energy to make every thing we do every day possible. We literally are what we eat. Eating well therefore has a huge impact on the health and well being of our bodies, mind, sleep, emotions, and so much more. It is important that all residents have access to enough food, especially healthy food, to get healthy, stay healthy, and reach their maxi.

At Healthy Harford we hope to provide information and resources to help all Harford County families be their healthiest and to ensure that all residents have access to healthy food.

Obesity has been linked to increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, arthritis-related disability, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers. According to the most recent data, 64% of all Harford County adults and 25% of our children are overweight or obese. (Maryland Department of Health, Population Health) 

Healthy Harford does not promote weight loss through dieting, but rather emphasizes making positive lifestyle choices to help find your ideal weight. By moving more and focusing on food with the most nutritional bang (often referred to nutritionally dense food), 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 take more time when you are first getting started. 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 Wednesday, October 6th 2021, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in a Zoom platform.  Call Healthlink to register at 1-800-515-0044.