Community Health Spotlights National Diabetes Month By Bill Ackerman on November 5, 2021 in Community Health News Diabetes Educators Teach How to Manage Diabetes November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s focus is on prediabetes and preventing diabetes. Community Health’s diabetes education program helps patients and their families manage diabetes. By making healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse prediabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one in three U.S. adults have prediabetes, but the majority of people don’t know they have it! The Rutland Community Health Needs Assessment 2021, released in May 2021, notes, “our rates for cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are all above the state rate (Vermont Department of Health, 2018).” Vermont’s 3-4-50 Initiative Diabetes is one of the four illnesses identified in the state of Vermont’s 3-4-50 initiative that spotlights the overwhelming impact of chronic disease in the state. “Three behaviors (no physical activity, poor diet, tobacco use) lead to 4 diseases (cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, lung disease) and result in 50% of deaths in Vermont.” Learn More About Diabetes Our Certified Diabetes Educators offer self-management training and support at several convenient locations for our patients. Community Health’s Diabetes Education program is certified by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Check the Community Health website for more information about our Diabetes Education program and download our “Managing Diabetes” pamphlet here. Call your Community Health provider for information about diabetes education 888-989-8707. Community Health is Vermont’s largest FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center), a network of primary care, pediatric, behavioral health, dental and pharmacy services with offices in Rutland, Brandon, Castleton, West Pawlet and Shoreham. Community Dental offices are located in Rutland and Shoreham; Community Kids Dental is in Rutland; Community Health Pediatrics is in Rutland and Behavioral Health services are available at all of our locations. Community Health Express Care, open 7 days a week, is located at the Rutland and Castleton Community Health Centers. All Community Health locations are open and accepting patients. For more information about career opportunities, hours and Community Health locations check our website. The mission of Community Health (Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region) is to be the foremost integrated community health center providing quality and collaborative care that is accessible to all people, so that they can live their best lives and build strong communities.