Chronic Disease Prevention

November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans including an estimated 19,500 Howard County residents. Nearly 1 in 4 adults living with diabetes are unaware that they have the disease and 9 in 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it. An estimated 90,000 (37%) of Howard County Residents are pre-diabetic and nationally, diabetes has become one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth. There are known disparities in the impact of Diabetes in communities of color and outcomes associated with COVID-19. 

Learn more about Diabetes and COVID-19 Here.

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Chronic Disease/Diabetes/Hypertension

  • Giant Food presents these four FREE live webinars, hosted by HCLS.
  • Eating for Prediabetes or Diabetes – Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

It's time to take control! Learn practical ways to keep your blood sugar in check by managing carb and protein intake. We'll also explore other lifestyle changes to prevent the progression of prediabetes and diabetes and ways to keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check. Register here

  • Cooking for 1 or 2 – Monday, November 16, 2020 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

How do you navigate weekly meals and holidays without eating leftover turkey for six days straight? This webinar will provide useful tips and strategies for shopping, planning, and cooking for one or two. Register here

  • Holiday Eating Strategies – Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm

There are less than 65 days between Halloween and New Year's, but they can add up to overindulging weeks. Join us to learn helpful tips and strategies to enjoy your holiDAYS - as a guest or host - with none of the guilt! Register here.

  • View a list of other FREE live nutrition webinars hosted by Giant Food in November here. 
  • Taking Care of Youth Who Have Diabetes

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States. Learn ways to help children and teens manager their diabetes here. 

    • Living Well with Diabetes – Every Monday, November 2, 2020 to December 14, 2020.
    • Living Well with Chronic Disease – Every Wednesday, November 11, 2020 to December 23, 2020.
  • Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Virtual Offerings Guide
    Explore a variety of opportunities to engage from home. Check out the featured programs listed below as well as many other programs in November.  
    • MAP In a Nutshell
      Wednesday, November 18, 3 pm
      Join WebEx Meeting https://howardcountymd.webex.com/howardcountymd/j.php?MTID=m4b85ff9b6955ad7409c37ca8bb1a3452
      Meeting Access Code: 172 988 5830 / Call in Option: 1 650 - 479 – 3207
      MAP In a Nutshell is a weekly series offered by Maryland Access Point of Howard County that will highlight programs and services to assist with aging needs. Each “nut” will provide a brief 30-minute summary on a community resource or aging issue. Join Emily as she continues this month’s focus on long-term care issues. Learn 10 key areas for conversations that can help you begin planning for the future as you age.
      Presented by Emily Leclercq, LCSW-C

      Ask the Dietitian & More: Low Carb Cooking Techniques
      Thursday, November 19, 12 noon
      Join WebEx Meeting https://howardcountymd.webex.com/howardcountymd/j.php?MTID=m2629054a9eb5f6887bf6ef0c0523e8d5
      Meeting Access Code: 172 723 7680 / Call in Option: 1 650 - 479 – 3207
      Confused about what you read or hear on TV about nutrition and your health? Log in to this monthly webinar lead by Registered Dietitian, Carmen Roberts, and nutrition specialist, Ann Moise as they cover the topic of low carb cooking techniques for diabetes prevention. Come ready with your questions. The ladies will be happy to address all your nutrition and cooking concerns.
      Presented by Carmen Roberts, R.D. and nutrition specialist Ann-Margaret Moise

      The Empty Chair at the Holidays
      Wednesday, November 18, 11 am
      To register, contact Karen Hull at 410-313-7466 and receive WebEx login information
      Plan to join us for this interactive discussion on the challenge of grief and loss during the holidays. Learn coping strategies and ways to celebrate the memory of a loved one.
      Presented by Edward R. Kaplan, SPHR, and certified grief workshop moderator and program facilitator for the Office on Aging and Independence SeniorsTogether program

  • Men Over 40 Health Web Series- Every Wednesday, November 25, 2020 to December 29, 2020
    Join 3 of Howard County's leading experts on Men's health for a discussion of how men over 40 can manage and improve their health, fitness, and quality of life. Register here.

Find Programs Near You!

Maryland Living Well Center of Excellence 

Maryland Diabetes Action Plan