Community Magazine Charities - Spring 2017

Eat Healthy & Live Well With Diabetes

Ally O'connor 2017-03-03 01:27:15

American Diabetes Association, Illinois, educates and empowers Twenty-nine million adults and children in the United States have diabetes — nearly 10 percent of the population. An additional 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition likely to lead to diabetes if not addressed. What’s more, diabetes disproportionately affects certain ethnic minorities and vulnerable populations such as the elderly and underserved. The American Diabetes Association is fighting for millions of families and individuals, working to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of people affected by diabetes. The Association is on the frontlines of patient education — one of the most critical components of successful treatment and improved outcomes. With easy-to-understand health information, they empower individuals to better prevent and manage this disease. Healthy eating is one of the biggest challenges people can face in preventing and managing diabetes. Oftentimes, the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. This confusion leads to expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of Type 2 diabetes and obesity- related illnesses. The Association’s “Create Your Plate” method provides an easy way to eat well: Imagine drawing a line down the middle of your dinner plate. Then on one side, cut it again so you will have 3 sections on your plate. Fill the largest section with non-starchy vegetables such as salad, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes or others that you like. Now, in one of the smaller sections, put starchy foods such as noodles, rice, corn or potatoes. The other small section is for meat, fish, chicken, eggs or tofu. Once you’ve mastered the plate method, you can begin to make your meals even healthier. The American Diabetes Association's Recipes for Healthy Living website is your link to healthy recipes and meal-planning ideas. Each month, Recipes for Healthy Living brings you a one-day meal plan with suggestions for adjusting carbohydrates and calories. When you sign up, you’ll receive a monthly email announcing: A new set of diabetes-friendly recipes, some of which have been incorporated into the meal plan A one-day sample meal plan with a grocery list and tips to adjust carbohydrates & calories to better fit your needs Videos showing you how to prepare our recipes and other healthy foods in the kitchen A feature article on nutrition or a seasonal health topic Quick tips for eating healthy and living well while maintaining a busy schedule Find the Recipes for Healthy Living website at Diabetes. org/MFA-Recipes, and get healthy-eating inspiration with interactive cooking demonstrations at the American Diabetes Association’s Health & Wellness EXPO at the McCormick Place, Chicago on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The EXPO is an educational and free event for people of all ages, with free health screenings, active-living education, product and service exhibitors, and a variety of leading health experts talking about diabetes management, research and technology. Enjoy special celebrity appearances, sponsor giveaways and access to diabetes resources like the “Create Your Plate” method and Recipes for Healthy Living. Register at and find more information about the Association’s local events and programming at, or call (312) 346-1805.

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