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January: Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck that helps control the function of many of the body’s organs and helps to set the metabolism. According to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and an estimated 12 percent of the population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime.

Fortunately, the American Journal of Medicine reports that early detection of a thyroid disorder is as cost-effective as early detection of common chronic conditions. In honor of Thyroid Awareness Month, take some time to become familiar with the most common risk factors, which include the following:

  • Being female—Women are five to eight times more likely to suffer from a thyroid disorder than men are.
  • Age—The Thyroid Foundation of America recommends that women get annual thyroid hormone level tests yearly starting at age 50 and that men should get yearly tests beginning at age 60.
  • A family history—If thyroid disease runs in the family, testing every five years after age 35 is recommended.
  • Pregnancy—Thyroid conditions can arise after giving birth.

Those with a high risk of developing a thyroid disorder should speak with their doctor. Together, you can determine the next steps to take.

https://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-information/

 


LAKE SUPERIOR (BAYFIELD FOODS) CSA ORDERS OPEN FOR 2018! - First of all for those of you who are new to this, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You’ll receive the freshest and tastiest produce you can ever imagine through a CSA (unless you have your own garden, and then it’s hard to compare), along with the option to purchase meats, baked goods and other locally sourced items.  The best part (in my opinion) is that you are supporting local farmers who use organic methods to raise their crops/animals/etc. Clean, real food. 

The City of Duluth is a drop-site for the Bayfield Foods/Lake Superior CSA and if you choose to order, you will be able to pick up your food box from City Hall on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis.  We also receive a 5% discount for being a host. To learn more or place and order check out Bayfield Foods and if you place an order they have an early bird special until March 15th for current members! Use coupon code earlybird2018 at checkout for 5% off your order.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) LUNCH & LEARN - Join us Wednesday, January 24th at noon in Conference room 303 of City Hall for this one hour  information session on the benefits and impacts of supporting locally farmed food. Learn about farming practices, why it's important to eat locally, what comes in a CSA box and what to do with it.  If you have questions or would like to RSVP for the event, contact Angel Hohenstein at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov  or call 730-5201. 

 


 Are you Ready to Quit?

We are here to support you.  If you are contemplating quitting tobacco, there are many FREE resources available to help you:

 

  • Health Partners "Be Tobacco Free" offers a variety of methods to assist with a quit-plan. 

 

 

  • If you have questions about any of these services or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 730-5201

 

Upcoming Events/Activities 

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM  if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes or Cardiovascular Disease, this FREE program is for you! Classes began on September 28th, but there will be another round offered in the spring. The course is FREE, and is designed to help you establish healthy habits that will stay with you for life. Topics range from healthy eating, stress management, physical activity, sleep, and more. Angel is the Lifestyle Coach for this program. Contact her at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201. 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the Lunch and Learn calendar for 2018 (locations for presentations to be announced) coming soon! 

 

 

 

Diabetes Prevention Program

What Is the Diabetes Prevention Program?  It is a lifestyle change intervention program where groups meet once a week for 16 weeks, then once a month for 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. During each session, a lifestyle coach will teach a lesson and lead a group discussion.

 For example, you will learn to:

  • Eat healthy
  • Add physical activity to your life
  • Manage stress
  • Stay on track when eating out

Am I at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
    • Ever had diabetes while pregnant which disappeared after the delivery (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

If you think you may be at risk, a health care provider can do a blood test to see if you have diabetes or prediabetes. You may also take this quick test to determine if you are at risk. 

If I am prediabetic, how do I enroll?

Contact Wellness Coordinator, Angel Hohenstein at 218-730-5201 or email ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov to sign up or ask more question. 

When and Where will the class take place? 

Next class will take place on Thursdays from 5-6pm at City Hall in room 106A beginning September 28th. 

For more information regarding course curriculum please visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention 

 


 

 

 

If you missed the Tobacco-Free Services presentation by Essentia Health representatives, please contact Angel.  If you or someone you know is trying to quit any form of tobacco, Essentia is here to help.  Please contact Angel at ahohenstein@duluthmn.gov or 218-730-5201 with any questions. 

 

 


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