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  1. Diabetes Prevention for You and Your Family Wellness for Women Sweet Success

  2. Stay Healthy These are things all people have to do to stay healthy: • Avoid smoking • Get regular exercise • Eat a balanced diet • Weight management Sweet Success

  3. Measures of Good Health • Blood pressure of 120/80 or lower • Total cholesterol below 200 • HDL cholesterol 55 or more • Triglyceride level below 150 • Hemoglobin A1c less than 5% • Waistline below 35 inches • Feeling well and being active Sweet Success

  4. Questions to Ponder • To reach these measures of good health, people usually have to make changes in their daily lives. They often ponder the following questions: • What are the risksif I don’t change? • Do I really have to change? • What are the costsand what are the benefits? • What will my friendsand family say? Sweet Success

  5. Previous Risk May add to Future Risk Sweet Success

  6. Future Risk • If you had gestational diabetes or a family member has diabetes, you are at risk of developing diabetes unlessyou make changes in eating and exercise Sweet Success

  7. Future Risk • Most Americans do not eat well • Do not exercise enough • Weigh too much • And therefore are at increased risk of diabetes! Sweet Success

  8. Cost versus Benefit • There may be costs involved as you buy wholesome foods or walking shoes. • Costs tend to be out-weighed by the benefits of saving healthcare costs later for diabetes care. Sweet Success

  9. How Family and Friends Are Affected • Sometimes they may be upset when your changes affect them in ways such as not buying sweets or going for a walk instead of watching TV • Eventually they come to accept the needed changes and feel better too. Sweet Success

  10. Basic Skills to Support Your Ways To Improve Your Health • Communication • Assertiveness • Problem solving • Time Management Sweet Success

  11. Communication • Listen to family and friends • Talk things out Sweet Success

  12. Assertiveness • Speak up for your goals • Be understanding of the other person’s frustration Sweet Success

  13. Problem Solving • If you don’t feel safe walking alone, find a friend to walk with you Sweet Success

  14. Time Management • First things first! • Your health and your family’s health are top priorities! Sweet Success

  15. Exercise • Good things come from exercise: • Exercise for stress control • Exercise for your soul • Exercise for your self-image Sweet Success

  16. Exercise Choices • Choose an exercise that you enjoy and that fits your personality • Exercise 30 minutes daily Sweet Success

  17. Getting Started with Exercise • Make it as enjoyable as you can • Doing a little is better than doing nothing • Consider lessons or joining a group • Exercise daily to get used to it • Start slowly Sweet Success

  18. A Allow time for your health needs B Begin now C Choose wisely D Draw a deep breath and let go Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  19. E Eat in healthy ways F Focus on your new health plan G Give and receive H Humor, use it Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  20. I Imagine a happy future J Join good people K Know your strengths L Look for alternatives Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  21. M Motive N Nurture yourself O One step at a time P Practice patience Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  22. Q Quality time R Relax S Smile T Time management Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  23. U Use your talents V Volunteer W Walk X Exercise Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success

  24. Y Yearly check up for diabetes and health Z Zest for life Skills from A to Z to help you persevere! Sweet Success