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Physical Activity

Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise can significantly improve your health? According to the Centers for Disease Control, physical activity can help you control your blood glucose, weight, and blood pressure, as well as raise your “good” cholesterol and lower your “bad” cholesterol. It can also help prevent heart and blood flow problems, reducing your risk of heart disease and nerve damage, which are often problems for people living with diabetes. It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. (Physical Activity and Health, CDC)

Are you thinking of starting a walking program? Walking can be an effective tool for managing blood sugar, body weight and overall health. Lace up your sneakers and set a course for the park, the mall or the track. Consider inviting a friend to join you or looking into a walking club nearby. Efficient walkers strive for a moderate, brisk pace. How will you know if you are walking fast enough? Try the “Talk Test”. Your pace should feel challenging but still allow you to hold a conversation. Come walk and talk with a group this week! (Walking, CDC)

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Many churches, community centers, and fitness facilities offer structured exercise classes for a small fee. Classes vary in size, structure, and intensity. Most will last about one hour and offer a warm-up, a physical challenge, and guided stretch. It may take a little bit of experimentation to find what kind of class works best for you. Details on start times and fees may vary so be sure to contact the instructor listed to confirm details.

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When was the last time you took 20 minutes to listen to the birds or stare at the sky? It turns out that what is good for the soul is also good for the body. Why not pack a healthy picnic and hike along a trail at Oak Mountain State Park or find out what all the buzz is about at Railroad Park, one of Birmingham’s newest gems, located in the heart of the city. Whatever you choose, consider a visit to the park. Let the sun shine in!

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Are you looking for some healthy living inspiration? Do you need something new to motivate you in managing your diabetes? We all need an extra hand every now and then. Special events are happening all the time in our community and can be a great way to get back on track. One week you may find a new dance class at your local senior center, another may have a one mile fun run for diabetes awareness. Who knows what’s right around the corner? We do! Check us out.

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Did you know that the American Diabetes Association offers a quick start program for people newly diagnosed with diabetes? Have you ever thought about trying a weight loss program online? Where can you find the latest information about diabetes risk in the state of Alabama? If you like to work from your computer, these answers and much, much more are at your fingertips. Check out our online resources for support, information, and motivation.

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