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September 14, 2016
More than 1 out of 3 American adults have Prediabetes. 9 out of 10 of them don’t know they have Prediabetes. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. If you have ever been told you are “borderline diabetic” or “have a little sugar” or anything telling you that your blood sugar is high, you possibly already have Prediabetes and are at high risk to develop Type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years.
The Lawrence County Health Department is offering a class series to aid you in lifestyle changes that can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes! Through the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) you will meet with trained lifestyle coaches to develop coping skills, learn healthier eating habits, problem solving, and how to deal with triggers in your environment, all while receiving guidance and support from the coaches and others in the class. Class goals include reaching 5% weight loss and increasing physical activity. NDPP is proven to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58%. (Diabetes development reduced by 71% for those age 60 years and older!)
Please feel free to call at the health department for further information on this program and to sign up to participate. We will hold an information session Tuesday, October 11 at 5pm at the health department. During this session, participants can sign up and gain more information as to what to expect during the course. Anyone who is interested in participating in this program series is welcome to come and receive more detailed information as to what the program will entail without further obligation to continue the program for the full year. Classes will begin the following Tuesday, October 18 and will normally be scheduled Tuesdays at 5 pm. This is a year-long program. Participants will meet 16 sessions during the first 6 months and 6-8 sessions for the final 6 months.
Class size is limited and registration is required by October 18, 2016.
Contact Ashley Wilks or Tiffiney Burchett at the Lawrence County Health Department for more information. 606-638-9500
Please call now or join us October 11 at 5pm.
Ashley E. Wilks, R.N., C.L.S.
Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Soccer is a growing sport, increasingly in rural areas, where the game can be played by children of all skill levels. It's also becoming an increasingly dangerous sport, says a study by researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital published in Pediatrics.
The study found that among youth 7 to 17 years old, the number of soccer-related emergency-room cases increased 78 percent from 1990 to 2014 and the annual rate of all soccer injuries went up 111 percent. Also, the rate of concussions and closed-head injuries increased 1,596 percent, though concussions and other head injuries only accounted for just over 7 percent of all injuries.
Most injuries were sprains or strains (35 percent) fractures (23 percent) and soft tissue injuries (22 percent). Thirty-nine percent of injuries were when a player was struck by the ball or another player and 29 percent from falls.
Huiyun Xiang, senior author of the study report and director of the research core at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said: "The sport of soccer has changed dramatically in the last 25 years. We’re seeing athletes play year-round now thanks to club, travel and rec leagues, and the intensity of play is higher than it ever has been. These factors combine to lead to more risk of injury.”
The U.S. Soccer Federation in November 2015 issued guidelines for youth heading, recommending that players 10 and under no longer be allowed to head the ball. Also, players 11-12 should be limited to heading the ball a maximum of 30 minutes per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 9/12/2016
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2016
A booming business in Colorado is connecting military veterans with jobs protecting legal marijuana businesses, Julie Turkewitz reports for The New York Times. More than 200 young veterans have taken jobs as security for Colorado's cannabis industry—legal in the state since 2014, but not under federal law.
"They spend their days and nights in urban marijuana shops and suburban warehouses and on rural farms, warding off the burglars who have become hallmarks of this cash-heavy, high-value business."
"For some, a cannabis security job is a way station toward the police department or law school," Turkewitz writes. "For others, though, it is a vocation with purpose, a union of two outsider groups leaning on each other in a nation uncertain about how to accept them."
The cannabis handles lots of cash "because the federal government considers marijuana illegal" and many banks won’t work with producers and buyers, Turkewitz writes. With 978 marijuana-shop licenses and 1,393 growing licenses in Colorado. that's a lot of untraceable cash floating around. Making all that cash more enticing to criminals is that "a pound of marijuana worth $2,000 in Colorado can be sold for $4,000 or $6,000 across state lines."
Another problem is that some businesses fail to report break-ins, for fear that it will make them easy targets for criminals and attract the attention of inspectors looking for violations, Turkewitz writes. While pay the isn't the draw—jobs typically starts at $12 an hour, with an average yearly salary of $38,000—it's the camaraderie, the feeling that the former soldiers are back working in a unit to offer protection. Veteran Chris Bowyer told Turkewitz, "This is my therapy. This is what we did in the military.” (Read more)
Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 9/08/2016 12:01:00 PM