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Steps You Can Take to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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We’re in the midst of a worldwide “diabetes tsunami.” The International Diabetes Federation reports that about 415 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes. This incurable yet preventable disease is now the third-leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer. Experts attribute the epidemic primarily to 2 factors: the aging of the population and the alarming rise in obesity. We can't do anything about the first, but we can all do something about the latter. Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Resolve to Get Recommended Health Screenings

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Dieting and exercising are two of the most common resolutions people make as they greet the new year with an eye toward self-improvement. Here's another way to resolve to be healthy: Learn what preventive health screenings are right for you and talk to your health-care provider about them. It’s not too late to add this to your list of good intentions! Find out what screenings are right for you.

Air Quality Monitoring Season Is Under Way

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Winter weather is on the way, and with it will come temperature inversions that can trap air pollution over the Helena Valley.  On Nov. 1, Lewis and Clark Public Health began daily air-quality monitoring in its annual effort to protect the health of area residents. When air quality is poor, the department will issue temporary restrictions on indoor and outdoor burning. Find out more about air quality monitoring.

Community Sets 'Common Agenda' to Improve Health

2016 Community Health Improvement Plan

Health officials have released a plan that identifies public health priorities in Lewis and Clark County and specific strategies to address them. The 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan was developed by a task force of about 50 people representing health care, social services, business, education, civic and nonprofit groups, law enforcement, and local and state government. "The purpose of the plan is to establish a common agenda that will help all of us focus our energy and resources,” said Melanie Reynolds, county health officer. “We’ll be most effective in improving people’s health if we all pull in the same direction.” Find the plan here.


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