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[ISDH]Check Your Status On American Diabetes Alert Day
Start Date: 3/25/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/25/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS—American Diabetes Alert Day, celebrated on March 25, provides a platform for sharing information, tools and resources surrounding diabetes. Since March is also National Nutrition Month, Health officials say it’s a good time to look at how your diet could be putting you at risk for diabetes.


“Nutrition and exercise have a huge impact on an individual’s risk for getting diabetes, as well as for managing it effectively,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “With approximately 30 percent of Hoosiers being obese, now is the time to make those healthy changes. March is a great time to start since there is a lot of good information available surrounding nutrition and diabetes.”


Diabetes is a group of diseases resulting in high levels of blood glucose (form of sugar) due to defects in insulin production, action, or both. Of the 26 million Americans living with diabetes, 540,000 are Hoosiers, with an additional 280,000 Hoosiers considered pre-diabetic. Pre-diabetes often goes undiagnosed or is termed “borderline” or “just a touch of sugar.” People with pre-diabetes have a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.


People with pre-diabetes who reduce their weight by five percent to seven percent and increase their physical activity to 150 minutes a week (approximately 22 minutes a day) may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent, according to the National Diabetes Prevention Program. A free diabetes risk test is available on the American Diabetes Association website at


In the next 40 years the number of Americans with diabetes may double or even triple if changes to diet and exercise are not made, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


One way to improve nutrition is to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," which is this year's theme of National Nutrition Month. It encourages Americans to return to the basics of healthful eating and to enjoy certain foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins on their plates every day.


“Eating better can be difficult, especially with all the unhealthy options that are available,” said Dr. VanNess. “That is why it’s important to learn what’s healthy and what’s not. Read nutrition labels and look for servings per container, calories and added sugar ingredients and high levels of sodium. Knowledge is power when it comes to eating healthy.”


Tips and videos about eating and cooking more nutritious meals can be found on the Fruits & Veggies More Matters website at Hoosiers can also visit the INShape Indiana website at to find resources for healthful eating and getting more exercise.

For more information about National Nutrition Month, visit the American Academy of Nutrition and Diatetics at


Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at, for important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at




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Name: Ken Severson
Phone: 317.233.7104
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