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Healthier Holidays: tips and events to stay in control



UPDATED: 11.20.13

CONTACT: April Agne, MPH

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Corn bread, brownies, chocolate pudding, sweet potato pie… The holiday season often brings challenges for many people living with diabetes. Holidays often mean a change in schedules, travel, and a variety of holiday foods. Here are 3 ways to stay in control over the holidays:

IMG_39661. Know your numbers!

Check your blood sugar as directed by your doctor. The American Diabetes Association recommends that your fasting blood sugar should be less than 130 mg/dl. Two hours after meals, they recommend that your blood sugar should under 180 mg/dl.




bbqchicken_042. Reduce your portions.

The holiday seasons brings many delicious foods to our plate. Keep your sugar under control by choosing to eat less. Want to learn more about healthy cooking? Join Chef “E” at the West End Branch of Birmingham Public Library on Thursday, December 5 or at the Central Branch of the Birmingham Public Library on Wednesday, December 11. (add links) Also check out Try these new recipes to start your holiday celebrations out right. (add link)



iStock_000011595345_Large3. Take a walk or dance around the house.

Put on some of your favorite music or even some holiday music and dance around the house. Not your style, grab your sneakers and take a brisk 15 minute walk.There are a number of great events in the Birmingham area that can help you learn how to have a healthier holiday season without sacrificing the fun and festivities.



References: Tight Diabetes Control. American Diabetes Association. Dec. 2013. Accessed November 2013, <>

Written by: April Agne, MPH